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BIS/BAS Scales

by Carver, C. S., & White, T. L. (1994). Behavioral inhibition, behavioral activation, and affective responses to impending reward and punishment: The BIS/BAS scales. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 319-333.

Each item of this questionnaire is a statement that a person may either agree with or disagree with. For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with what the item says. Please be as accurate and honest as you can be. Respond to each item as if it were the only item. That is, don't worry about being "consistent" in your responses.

  1. A person's family is the most important thing in life.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  2. Even if something bad is about to happen to me, I rarely experience fear or nervousness.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  3. I go out of my way to get things I want.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  4. When I'm doing well at something I love to keep at it.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  5. I'm always willing to try something new if I think it will be fun.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  6. How I dress is important to me.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  7. When I get something I want, I feel excited and energized.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  8. Criticism or scolding hurts me quite a bit.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  9. When I want something I usually go all-out to get it.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  10. I will often do things for no other reason than that they might be fun.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  11. It's hard for me to find the time to do things such as get a haircut.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  12. If I see a chance to get something I want I move on it right away.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  13. I feel pretty worried or upset when I think or know somebody is angry at me.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  14. When I see an opportunity for something I like I get excited right away.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  15. I often act on the spur of the moment.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  16. If I think something unpleasant is going to happen I usually get pretty "worked up."
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  17. I often wonder why people act the way they do.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  18. When good things happen to me, it affects me strongly.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  19. I feel worried when I think I have done poorly at something important.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  20. I crave excitement and new sensations.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  21. When I go after something I use a "no holds barred" approach.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  22. I have very few fears compared to my friends.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  23. It would excite me to win a contest.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

  24. I worry about making mistakes.
    Very true for me           Very false for me

Disclaimer:

This quiz, as all the quizzes at www.FortRefuge.com, is provided for general education, recreation, and entertainment purposes only. If you're concerned about your mental heath - please contact your care provider (counselor, therapist, psychiatrist, general practitioner) for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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