What's Your Psychological Diagnosis?

TV characters can provide a window into our psyches.

Posted May 14, 2012

So which best describes you: Serial dalliances? A love for any type of potent brown liquid? The ability to work punishing hours? Let's find out which Mad Men character you resemble, at least psychologically.   

Don Draper has a competent, composed veneer, but he is easily insulted, needs to control his environment, and suffers from frequent pangs of transient guilt. Mental health professionals have a name for the condition that affects Don and others like him. 

Pete is ambitious, and he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. He seems to focus mostly on the office these days. Is he just a workaholic like Peggy? And come to think of it, what makes her tick? She tends to clamp down on her feelings, and she is "the job." Unlike Roger. Nothing ever seems to phase him. 

To find out if you are a Don, Roger, Betty, Pete, or Peggy, take the short quiz below. Spoiler alert: There might be a couple of psychological labels bandied about, but it's all in good fun, and definitely not meant as substitute for diagnosis or treatment!  


Stephanie Newman, Ph.D, is the author of Mad Men on the Couch: Analyzing the Minds of the Men and Women of the hit TV show, which can be purchased from Barnes & NobleIndie Bound, and Amazon.