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Body Awareness Questionnaire

by Shields, S.A., Mallory, M.E., & Simon, A. (1989). The Body Awareness Questionnaire: Reliability and validity. Journal of Personality Assessment, 53, 802-815.

Listed below are a number of statements regarding your sensitivity to normal, nonemotive body processes. For each statement, select a degree to which it describes you.

  1. I notice differences in the way my body reacts to various foods.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  2. I can always tell when I bump myself whether or not it will become a bruise.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  3. I always know when I’ve exerted myself to the point where I’ll be sore the next day.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  4. I am always aware of changes in my energy level when I eat certain foods.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  5. I know in advance when I’m getting the flu.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  6. I know I’m running a fever without taking my temperature.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  7. I can distinguish between tiredness because of hunger and tiredness because of lack of sleep.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  8. I can accurately predict what time of day lack of sleep will catch up with me.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  9. I am aware of a cycle in my activity level throughout the day.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  10. I don’t notice seasonal rhythms and cycles in the way my body functions.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  11. As soon as I wake up in the morning, I know how much energy I’ll have during the day.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  12. I can tell when I go to bed how well I will sleep that night.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  13. I notice distinct body reactions when I am fatigued.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  14. I notice specific body responses to changes in the weather.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  15. I can predict how much sleep I will need at night in order to wake up refreshed.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  16. When my exercise habits change, I can predict very accurately how that will affect my energy level.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  17. There seems to be a “best” time for me to go to sleep at night.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me

  18. I notice specific bodily reactions to being overhungry.
    Not at all true of me                Very true of me


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~ Winston Churchill
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