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A Self-Assessment Test for Congruence

The following demonstration test illustrates a version of a "Q-sort", a self-assessment
procedure for measuring congruence, a state of internal consistency which Carl
Rogers saw as important to healthy personality growth. A brief discussion follows the
test, which is self-scoring (as described below). Please read the directions, and
complete part A before going on to part B!

Part A

Please select ten adjectives from the following list which you feel describe what you
are like. (You may find it useful to write them down on a sheet of paper, or print this
page, and cut them out individually.) Try to be as honest and accurate as possible in
making the choices to describe yourself. (For example, don't omit an adjective that
describes you well if it happens to be somewhat negative, like "anxious".) Once you
have selected the ten which best describe you, then arrange them in order, from the
most important/significant aspects, to those which are least significant in describing
your personality. Write them down, with the rank order, on a piece of paper, then fold
it and put it aside. Place all the words together, shuffle them, and then go on to part B.

ANXIOUS ATTRACTIVE CARELESS DEPRESSED

DISHONEST ENERGETIC FUNNY HAPPY

HONEST INTELLIGENT KIND LAZY

OPTIMISTIC ORGANIZED OUT-GOING PLAIN

RELAXED SAD SERIOUS SHY

SLOPPY STRONG UNHELPFUL WEAK

(For example. write them down. etc. give the value assigned for the term in list A to the term in list B. but this time selecting ten terms to describe what you wish you were like--that is. complete congruence). and assign values to the ranks in each list. you may feel that you are shy. refer to the textbook. or the links to other sites. and congruence. ideal self. For any terms which do not appear in both lists. apply the following formula: (sum of list A + sum of list B)/(1. on a piece of paper. Now.) It is provided here simply as a learning tool. to better understand Rogers' concepts of self. Then. For terms which appear in both lists. and no claims are made as to its validity or reliability! (Even the scoring system is an approximation. (the last term will have a value of 1). the less congruent is the relationship between one's self and ideal self. change the value to zero. (For further information on these concepts. to those which are relatively unimportant in your imagined ideal.1) = score The score range is from 0 to 100. your personal ideal. from the most important/significant. the lower the score. In general. Scoring Take the two lists from parts A and B. if half the terms appear in both lists (but with different ranks).) Do not refer to the list from part A in making your choices! Once you have selected ten. identify any adjectives that do notappear in both lists (appearing in different positions doesn't matter).. with the first term = 10. but would like to be extraverted. As in part A. in ranked order. . the second term =9.e.) Note that this demonstration is not meant to be a serious clinical device. with 100 representing a perfect match of self and ideal self (i. as a correlation coefficient would provide a more precise indicator. using the values you have assigned to the two lists (including the zero terms). the median score would be approximately 50. arrange them in rank order.Part B You are now requested to do the same task again.