Abstract This study attempts to relate the self-image scales (derived from the Giessen Test) constructed on the basis of psychoanalytical and sociopsychological theory, and the personality dimensions, Psychoticism, Extraversion and Neuroticism (EPQ-R). Factorial analysis revealed that two major self-descriptive factors emerge from the GT sub-scales labelled social anxiety and ‘conformism’. Psychoticism and Social Desirability were intimately related to Dominance and Self-control, variables which loaded on the higher order dimension, ‘Conformism’. Underlying mood (hypomanic-depressive) social (im) potency and submissiveness were related to Neuroticism. Extraversion was associated with positive affect, reflected in elevated scores on the scales, Dominance, Permeability and Social potency. The implications of these findings are discussed.