THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IS BASED ON THE WORK OF MARTIN E. P. SELIGMAN PHD & POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY


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ATTRIBUTIONAL STYLE QUESTIONNAIRE

(Dr. Martin Seligman: Learned Optimism)

This questionnaire is designed to gauge your optimism and individual explanatory style in the context of the dimensions of permanence, pervasiveness and personalisation*. 

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Read the description of each situation and imagine it happening to you. Choose the cause likelier to apply to you. Do not choose what you think you should say or what may sound right to other people - Choose YOUR most likely response.

1 THE PROJECT YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF IS A GREAT SUCCESS.
2 YOUR AND YOUR PARTNER MAKE UP AFTER A FIGHT
3 YOU GET LOST DRIVING TO A FRIENDS HOUSE
4 YOUR PARTNER SURPRISES YOU WITH A GIFT
5 YOU FORGET YOUR PARTNERS BIRTHDAY
6 YOU GET A FLOWER/GIFT FROM A SECRET ADMIRER
7 YOU RUN FOR A COMMUNITY OFFICE POSITION AND YOU WIN
8 YOU MISS AN IMPORTANT ENGAGEMENT
9 YOU RUN FOR A COMMUNITY OFFICE POSITION AND YOU LOSE
10 YOU HOST A SUCCESSFUL DINNER
11 YOU STOP A CRIME BY CALLING THE POLICE
12 YOU WERE EXTREMELY HEALTHY ALL YEAR
13 YOU OWE THE LIBRARY TEN DOLLARS FOR AN OVERDUE BOOK
14 YOUR STOCKS MAKE YOU A LOT OF MONEY
15 YOU WIN AN ATHLETIC CONTEST
16 YOU FAIL AN IMPORTANT EXAMINATION
17 YOU PREPARED A SPECIAL MEAL FOR A FRIEND AND THEY BARELY TOUCHED IT
18 YOU LOSE A SPORTING EVENT FOR WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR A LONG TIME
19 YOUR CAR RUNS OUT OF GAS ON A DARK STREET LATE AT NIGHT
20 YOU LOSE YOUR TEMPER WITH A FRIEND
21 YOU ARE PENALISED FOR NOT RETURNING YOUR TAX RETURNS ON TIME
22 YOU ASK A PERSON OUT ON A DATE AND THEY SAY NO
23 A GAME SHOW HOST PICKS YOU OUT OF THE AUDIENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SHOW
24 YOU ARE FREQUENTLY ASKED TO DANCE AT A PARTY
25 YOU BUY YOUR PARTNER A GIFT AND HE/SHE DOESN’T LIKE IT
26 YOU DO EXCEPTIONALLY WELL IN A JOB INTERVIEW
27 YOU TELL A JOKE AND EVERYONE LAUGHS
28 YOUR BOSS GIVES YOU TOO LITTLE TIME TO FINISH A PROJECT
29 YOU’VE BEEN FEELING RUN DOWN LATELY
30 YOU ASK SOMEONE TO DANCE AND THEY SAY NO
31 YOU SAVE A PERSON FROM CHOKING TO DEATH
32 YOUR ROMANTIC PARTNER WANTS TO COOL THINGS OFF FOR A WHILE
33 A FRIEND SAYS SOMETHING THAT HURTS YOUR FEELINGS
34 YOUR EMPLOYER COMES TO YOU FOR ADVICE
35 A FRIEND THANKS YOU FOR HELPING HIM/HER GET THROUGH A BAD TIME
36 YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AT A PARTY
37 YOUR DOCTOR TELLS YOU THAT YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE
38 YOUR PARTNER TAKES YOU AWAY FOR A ROMANTIC WEEKEND
39 YOUR DOCTOR TELLS YOU THAT YOU EAT TOO MUCH SUGAR
40 YOU ARE ASKED TO HEAD AN IMPORTANT PROJECT
41 YOU AND YOUR PARTNER HAVE BEEN FIGHTING A GREAT DEAL
42 YOU FALL DOWN A GREAT DEAL WHILE SKIING
43 YOU WIN A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
44 YOUR STOCKS ARE AT AN ALL TIME LOW
45 YOU WIN THE LOTTERY
46 YOU GAIN WEIGHT OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND YOU CANT LOSE IT
47 YOU ARE IN THE HOSPITAL AND FEW PEOPLE COME TO VISIT
48 THEY WONT ACCEPT YOUR CREDIT CARD AT A STORE
*This will be explained to you; it's usefulness and it's effectiveness in creating an ideal framework for working towards achieving goals.