What drives you more to make decisions? situations or inner feelings ? For example, If you go to a Frat party, will you drink beer because the situation calls for it? and in a classroom, are you the studious one because that's what academic situation calls for? what if you were both of these people combined, does that mean that you're a two faced person or just the perfect proof of "never judge a book by its cover." In other words, what drives you?
It's called Self Monitoring, concept developed by Mark Snyder who studied the relations and discrepancies between the inner and outer selves. If you vary in your behaviors according to the situation, Snyder called these individuals High self-monitors. If you are the same from the outside as the inside and you don't really change, you fall in the low self-monitors. There is no good or bad in these two categories but it is interesting to know about yourself of how you behave in the outside world and how you are being triggered. I know that for instance, I'm not the same person with certain friends. I do behave differently with them one on one because I adapt to their behaviors and what they get out of me. Some get the wild side of me, while others get the more spiritual, calm side of my personality. That is probably why I hate celebrating my Birthday because I'm terrified of all the different types of Friends I have...what if they didn't get along?
Now does that make me a high or low self-monitored person? I'll tell you once we both have our test results.
Once you've answered the 25 questions, score one point for each answer that matches the key.
1-F,2-F, 3-F, 4-F, 5-T, 6-T, 7-T, 8-T, 9-F, 10-T, 11-T, 12-F, 13-T, 14-F, 15-T, 16-T, 17-F, 18-T, 19-T, 20-F, 21-F, 22-F, 23-F, 24-T, 25-T.
The average score falls between 12 and 14. 14 or more= high self-monitoring; 12 or below= low self-monitoring. If you score 13, don't know what to tell ya buddy.
High self-monitors are more likely to behave according to the situation and therefore scan the room and the people to act on it. Low self-monitors are consistent regardless to the situation, they're guided by their personality. There is good and bad to each of these individuals, an angel and evil like everything else so it's okay to be one or the other.
The tricky thing about this test is that you probably got who you wanted to be depending on which description sounded better to you...sneaky little thing. At the end of the end if you wanted to be a High self-monitor type of person, chances are that your score proves that you are.
HSM are more likely to be good at acting because they can put themselves easily into someone else's skin and popularity is an important factor to them. LSM are more into their independence and don't really care to please people or what others think of them, which is something to live by!
Other description of HSM:
LSM were more described as:
HSM is more likely to adapt to society but also easier to get fooled, If someone laughs at a joke they will most likely find it funny because of the sound of the laugh of everyone else around. A LSM will not necessarily laugh if the joke isn't funny to them even though everyone else is laughing. They are more into their own feelings and will respond to that only.
LSM can reach out into their own feelings and listen to their thoughts, at all times. HSM are aware, constantly, of what's around them and they analyze the room first before their own voice. Either way, It can get exhausting at times.
I took the test twice, first I scored 12 which would make me a LSM and the second time I scored 15 which would make me a HSM. Now, the second time I read more about the personality traits of the HSM and for some reason were more appealing to me and I found myself in some of the description. Does that make me indeed a HSM for being able to adapt to the test and get the score I wanted? perhaps. Or the innocence of my first time taking the test is the truth, therefore I am indeed a LSM. Now that just got confusing, I can definitely take a few responsibilities for being a HSM as I behave according to where I am but I don't really care of what people think. We all have different little factors within us, but it's interesting to know by what we are being driven.
Now you'll know that if you go to a Dodgers game, most likely you'll have a hot dog because the situation calls for it....or not!