Self-Assessment 2.2: Identifying Your Dominant Values
Self-Assessment 2.2: Identifying Your Dominant Values
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Activity 2.2: Identifying Your Dominant Values

The source of this scale is: Shalom H. Schwartz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In this questionnaire you are to ask yourself: "What values are important to ME as guiding principles in MY life, and what values are less important to me?" There are two lists of values in this self-assessment. These values come from different cultures. In the parentheses following each value is an explanation that may help you to understand its meaning.
Your task is to rate how important each value is for you as a guiding principle in your life. Use the rating scale below:

• 0 means the value is not at all important, it is not relevant as a guiding principle for you.
• 3 means the value is important.
• 6 means the value is very important.
The higher the number (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), the more important the value is as a guiding principle in YOUR life.
• -1 is for rating any values opposed to the principles that guide you.
• 7 is for rating a value of supreme importance as a guiding principle in your life; ordinarily there are no more than two such values.

For each value, select the number (-1,0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7) that indicates the importance of that value for you, personally. Try to distinguish as much as possible between the values by using all the numbers. You will, of course, need to use numbers more than once.

Before you begin, read the values in List I, choose the one that is most important to you and rate its importance. Next, choose the value that is most opposed to your values and rate it -1. If there is no such value, choose the value least important to you and rate it 0 or 1, according to its importance. Then rate the rest of the values in List I.

Values List I

 As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important+1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance EQUALITY (equal opportunity for all) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance INNER HARMONY (at peace with myself) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SOCIAL POWER (control over others, dominance) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance PLEASURE (gratification of desires) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance FREEDOM (freedom of action and thought) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance A SPIRITUAL LIFE (emphasis on spiritual not material matters) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SENSE OF BELONGING (feeling that others care about me) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SOCIAL ORDER (stability of society) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance AN EXCITING LIFE (stimulating experiences) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance MEANING IN LIFE (a purpose in life) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance POLITENESS (courtesy, good manners) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance WEALTH (material possessions, money) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance NATIONAL SECURITY (protection of my nation from enemies) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SELF RESPECT (belief in one's own worth) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance RECIPROCATION OF FAVORS (avoidance of indebtedness) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance CREATIVITY (uniqueness, imagination) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance A WORLD AT PEACE (free of war and conflict) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance RESPECT FOR TRADITION (preservation of time-honored customs) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance MATURE LOVE (deep emotional & spiritual intimacy) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SELF-DISCIPLINE (self-restraint, resistance to temptation) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance PRIVACY (the right to have a private sphere) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance FAMILY SECURITY (safety for loved ones) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SOCIAL RECOGNITION (respect, approval by others) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance UNITY WITH NATURE (fitting into nature) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance A VARIED LIFE (filled with challenge, novelty and change) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance WISDOM (a mature understanding of life) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance AUTHORITY (the right to lead or command) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance TRUE FRIENDSHIP (close, supportive friends) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance A WORLD OF BEAUTY (beauty of nature and the arts) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SOCIAL JUSTICE (correcting injustice, care for the weak)

Values List II
Now rate how important each of the following values is for you as a guiding principle in YOUR life. These values are phrased as ways of acting that may be more or less important for you. Once again, try to distinguish as much as possible between the values by using all the numbers.Before you begin, read the values in List II, choose the one that is most important to you and rate its importance. Next, choose the value that is most opposed to your values, or--if there is no such value--choose the value least important to you, and rate it -1, 0, or 1, according to its importance. Then rate the rest of the values.

 As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance INDEPENDENT (self-reliant, self-sufficient) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance MODERATE (avoiding extremes of feeling & action) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance LOYAL (faithful to my friends, group) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance AMBITIOUS (hard-working, aspiring) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance BROADMINDED (tolerant of different ideas and beliefs) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance HUMBLE (modest, self-effacing) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance DARING (seeking adventure, risk) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT (preserving nature) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance INFLUENTIAL (having an impact on people and events) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance HONORING OF PARENTS AND ELDERS (showing respect) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance CHOOSING OWN GOALS (selecting own purposes) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance HEALTHY (not being sick physically or mentally) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance CAPABLE (competent, effective, efficient) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance ACCEPTING MY PORTION IN LIFE (submitting to life's circumstances) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance HONEST (genuine, sincere) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance PRESERVING MY PUBLIC IMAGE (protecting my "face") As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance OBEDIENT (dutiful, meeting obligations) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance INTELLIGENT (logical, thinking) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance HELPFUL (working for the welfare of others) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance ENJOYING LIFE (enjoying food, sex, leisure, etc.) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance DEVOUT (holding to religious faith & belief) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance RESPONSIBLE (dependable, reliable) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance CURIOUS (interested in everything, exploring) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance FORGIVING (willing to pardon others) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SUCCESSFUL (achieving goals) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance CLEAN (neat, tidy) As a guiding principle in my life, this value is...-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important 1 2 3 Important 4 5 6 Very important 7 of supreme importance SELF-INDULGENT (doing pleasant things)