Does how you see yourself have an impact on whether or not you will be successful in achieving permanent weight loss? What do you see when you take a look at your values, personal goals, traits, role in life, and physical characteristics? Are they steady enough and reliable enough to get you through the tough times of trying to lose weight?
Here are a number of statements* that can help you get more of a handle on just how steady your self-concept is. Indicate your level of agreement with each statement by using the following scale.
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Strongly Disagree Agree Undecided Disagree Strongly Agree
1. My beliefs about myself often conflict with one another. ____
2. On one day I might have one opinion of myself and on another day I might have a different opinion. ____
3. I spend a lot of time wondering about what kind of person I really am. ____
4. Sometimes I feel that I am not really the person that I appear to be. ____
5. When I think about the kind of person I have been in the past, I’m not sure what I was really like. ____
6. I seldom experience conflict between the different aspects of my personality. ____
7. Sometimes I think I know other people better than I know myself. ____
8. My beliefs about myself seem to change very frequently. ____
9. If I were asked to describe my personality, my description might end up being different from one day to another day. ____
10. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I would tell someone what I’m really like. ____
11. In general, I have a clear sense of who I am and what I am. ____
12. It is often hard for me to make up my mind about things because I don’t really know what I want. ____
What do you think? Is how you see yourself a determining factor in whether or not you achieve weight loss success? Is a steady self-concept going to give you the weight loss boost you need?
*Statements taken from, Campbell, J., et al. Self-Concept Clarity: Measurement, Personality Correlates, and Cultural Boundaries. Personality and Social Psychology. 1996. 70, 1, 141-156.