Attitudes Towards Self Scale

Carver, C. S., La Voie, L., Kuhl, J., & Ganellen, R. J. (1988). Cognitive concomitants of depression: A further examination of the roles of generalization, high standards, and self-criticism. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 7, 350-365.

Respond to each of the following statements by indicating how much do you agree with it. Please be as honest as you can throughout, and try not to let your answer to one item influence your answers to other items. There are no correct or incorrect answers. You are simply to express your own personal feelings.

  1. Compared to other people, I expect a lot from myself.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  2. When even one thing goes wrong I begin to wonder if I can do well at anything at all.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  3. I get angry with myself if my efforts don't lead to the results I wanted.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  4. When it comes to setting standards for my behavior, I aim higher than most people.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  5. I hardly ever let unhappiness over one bad time influence my feelings abut other parts of my life.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  6. When I don’t do as well as I hoped to, I often get upset with myself.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  7. I set higher goals for myself than other people seem to.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  8. If I notice one fault of mine, it makes me think about my other faults.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  9. I get unhappy with anything less than what I expected of myself.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot

  10. A single failure can change me from feeling OK to seeing only the bad in myself.
    I agree a lot            I disagree a lot


No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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