Overview of Positive Psychology

Overview of Positive Psychology - Autonomy Read each of the...

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Autonomy Read each of the following statements carefully, thinking about how it relates to your life, and then indicate how true it is for you. Use the following scale to respond: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Not at all, true somewhat true Very true 1. I feel like I am free to decide for myself how to live my life=4 2. I feel pressured in my life= 7 3. I generally feel free to express my ideas and opinions=1 4. In my daily life, I frequently have to do what I am told=3 5. People I interact with on a daily basis tend to take my feelings into consideration=1 6. I feel like I can pretty much be myself in my daily situations=5 7. There is not much opportunity for me to decide for myself how to do things in my daily life=7 My score: 28 To score your responses for this and other self-assessment activities throughout this book, you will need to learn to use a simple reversal method that may seem odd at first. For this autonomy activity, you need to reverse the numbers you gave in answer to statements 2, 4, and 7. That is, if you answered with 1, change it to 7. If you responded with 2, change it to 6. Similarly, change 3 to 5, 4 remains 4, 5 becomes 3, 6 changes to 2, and 7 becomes 1. Make these changes only for statements 2, 4, and 7. Keep the numbers in front of statements 1, 3, 5, and 6 the same. Finally, add up the numbers in front of all seven items. Scores can range from 7 to 49, with higher scores indicating that you experience a greater sense of autonomy in everyday life. Scores above the midpoint of 28 suggest that you tend to feel that you are freely making choices; scores below that midpoint indicate that you do not. Personal Efficacy Indicate the extent to which you agree with each statement using the response scale. 1: strongly disagree 2: disagree 3: slightly disagree 4: neither agree nor disagree 5: slightly agree 6: agree 7: strongly agree 1. When I get what I want, it’s usually because I worked hard for it= 7 2. When I make plans, I am almost certain I can make them work= 6 3. I prefer games involving some luck over games requiring pure skill= 6 4. I can learn almost anything if I set my mind to it= 4 5. My major accomplishments are entirely due to my hard work and ability= 6 6. I usually don’t set goals because I have a hard time following through on them= 3 7.
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