First Impressions: Communication in the Courthouse

Self-Monitor Scale

These days, one needs the ability to monitor one's own personal reactions to different communications situations.

In 1974, Mark Snyder, Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, developed the Self-Monitor Scale to determine the degree to which individuals differ in their ability to self-monitor their behavior and communication in various situations. To determine where you fall on the scale, complete it and calculate your score. Finally, write down your score and bring it with you to the satellite broadcast on the day you are scheduled to participate.

Directions: The following statements concern your personal reactions to a number of different situations. No two statements are alike, so consider each statement carefully before answering. If a statement is TRUE or MOSTLY TRUE as applied to you, click on the circle above "True." If a statement is FALSE or MOSTLY FALSE as applied to you, click on the circle above "False."

1. I find it hard to imitate the behavior of other people.

True

False
2. My behavior is usually an expression of my true inner feelings, attitudes, and beliefs.

True

False
3. At parties and social gatherings, I do not attempt to do or say things others will like.

True

False
4. I can only argue for ideas in which I already believe.

True

False
5.
I can make impromptu speeches even on topics about which I have almost no information.

True

False
6. I put on a show to impress or entertain others.

True

False
7. When I am uncertain how to act in a social situation, I look to the behavior of others for cues.

True

False
8. I would probably make a good actor.

True

False
9. I rarely seek the advice of my friends to choose movies, books, or music.

True

False
10. I sometimes appear to others to be experiencing deeper emotions than I actually am.

True

False
11. I laugh more when I watch a comedy with others than when alone.

True

False
12. In a group of people, I am rarely the center of attention.

True

False
13. In different situations and with different people, I often act like very different persons.

True

False
14. I am not particularly good at making other people like me.

True

False
15. Even if I am not enjoying myself, I often pretend to be having a good time.

True

False
16. I'm not always the person I appear to be.

True

False
17. I would not change my opinions (or the way I do things) in order to please others or win their favor.

True

False
18. I have considered being an entertainer.

True

False
19. In order to get along and be liked, I tend to be what people expect me to be rather than anything else.

True

False
20. I have never been good at games like charades or improvisational acting.

True

False
21. I have trouble changing my behavior to suit different people and situations.

True

False
22. At a party I let others keep the jokes and stories going.

True

False
23. I feel a bit awkward in company and do not interact with others as easily as I should.

True

False
24. I can look anyone in the eye and tell a lie with a straight face (if it is to gain the desired end or result).

True

False
25. I may deceive people by being friendly when I really dislike them.

True

False

Total the points: this is your "self-monitor" score.

25
15 to 19
10 to 14
0 to 9
very high
high
low
very low
10 to 14 Mid-range (characteristics of both "high" and "low")

Average score: 12

40% of the population score 13 or higher

60% of the population score 12 or lower

What Your Score Means:

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Click for printable self-monitor scale
with answers