Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Problem with Self-Reporting



So.  I’m sitting here, taking these self-assessments for class. 

The scale runs from one to seven, from strongly disagree all the way to strongly agree.

I hate self-reporting because I automatically limit a chunk of my options in almost every kind of survey. For me, one and seven are almost out the door as options.  I like to say that I don’t like choosing the extremes because I have an active imagination. Even when I feel strongly about something, I discount it because I can imagine feeling stronger. Someone less charitable would say that I equivocate. Maybe, just maybe, they’re correct.