Personality

This Vintage Quiz Can Tell You How Much Self Esteem You Have

We think you're great. But how do you feel about you? Feeling good about yourself is a key ingredient in leading a happy, healthy, productive life. There's a widely used questionnaire you can complete to check in on yourself and see how you're doing in the self-esteem department.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty

The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) is a 10-item scale meant to measure "global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self." The original scale was developed in 1965 and was used on more than 5,000 high school juniors and seniors from 10 randomly selected schools in the state of New York. Sure, you might call a scientific questionnaire from 1965 a little vintage, and you wouldn't be wrong. However, the RSES is still a widely used self-report test for looking at self-esteem today — it's even been translated into several languages. Though studies support the RSES as a unidimensional construct for self-esteem, take your results with a grain of salt, just as you should with any psychology questionnaire.

Check Yourself

Below is a list of statements dealing with your general feelings about yourself. Indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each statement by selecting one of the four possible responses.

1. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.

(3) Strongly Agree (2) Agree (1) Disagree (0) Strongly Disagree

2. At times I think I am no good at all.

(0) Strongly Agree (1) Agree (2) Disagree (3) Strongly Disagree

3. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.

(3) Strongly Agree (2) Agree (1) Disagree (0) Strongly Disagree

4. I am able to do things as well as most other people.

(3) Strongly Agree (2) Agree (1) Disagree (0) Strongly Disagree

5. I feel I do not have much to be proud of.

(0) Strongly Agree (1) Agree (2) Disagree (3) Strongly Disagree

6. I certainly feel useless at times.

(0) Strongly Agree (1) Agree (2) Disagree (3) Strongly Disagree

7. I feel that I'm a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.

(3) Strongly Agree (2) Agree (1) Disagree (0) Strongly Disagree

8. I wish I could have more respect for myself.

(0) Strongly Agree (1) Agree (2) Disagree (3) Strongly Disagree

9. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.

(0) Strongly Agree (1) Agree (2) Disagree (3) Strongly Disagree

10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.

(3) Strongly Agree (2) Agree (1) Disagree (0) Strongly Disagree

To calculate your score, tally the number next to each of your answers (keeping in mind that some questions have reversed point scales, so not every "Strongly Agree" is worth the same amount). Add up your total score for the ten items. Scores between 26 and 30 indicate higher self-esteem, scores between 15 and 25 are considered average, and scores below 15 are considered below average. Where do you stack up?

Not thrilled with your score? Check out "Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem" by Matthew McKay, Ph.D. We handpick reading recommendations we think you may like. If you choose to make a purchase through that link, Curiosity will get a share of the sale.

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Written by Joanie Faletto June 6, 2018

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