MATHEW IAS RATING SCALE

V.George Mathew, Ph.D.

1995 Copyright Reserved

English Version

 The scale measures the degree of Inertia, Activation and Stability in an individual. The scale can be used for rating your own personality or the personality of another person.

Do not write in this booklet. Use a separate Answer Sheet, as shown below. There are three colmns I, A and S and there should be 35 rows corresponding to the 35 Sub-scales. The 35 Sub-scales are given below. Each scale has three sets of descriptions or qualities designated by the letters, I, A and S. You have a total of 3 points to divide among the three alternatives. Be as objective as possible in your judgement. If you feel that the ratee possesses the three equally as seen in his general behavior, you can divide the three points equally (as 1,1,1). If you think that he possesses only one and not the other two, you can give all the three points to that and zero to each of the other two. On the other hand if you feel that he possesses one among the three to a large degree, another to a smaller degree and he does not possess the third you can distribute the points as 2,1,0 of course writing the three numbers under the appropriate letters (I,A,S) in the answer sheet, against the scale number. Remember that the total of points given to one scale should be 3. Avoid giving fractions. Avoid omitting items.

1. Activity Level

I. Underactive, Unable to become active, Not acting when required

A. Restless, Acting even when not required, Overactive, Blind action

S. Right action at the right time, Appropriate controlled action, Acting without ego-involvement,

Restful detached action

2. Energy

I. Lazy, Lethargic, Lacks energy

A. Too much, uncontrolled energy

S. Balanced, controlled energy

3. Speed and Accuracy

I. Slow and careless, Overcautious

A. Fast, Overspend, Unable to act slowly

S. Fast and accurate, Fast or slow as the situation demands

4. Punctuality

I. Usually late

A. Hasty, Hurried, Impatient

S. Punctual

5. Perspective

I. Concerned with immediate present problems only

A. Efficient in planning and anticipating practical things for the future

S. Philosophical, Wise, Concerned with ultimate, has wide perspective

6. Mentality

I. Not particularly thoughtful

A. Analytical, thoughtful and inventive in practical matters

S. Integrative, Intuitive, Holistic, Creative

7. Risk Taking

I. Not Venturing

A. Taking too many risks, Adventurous

S. Taking calculated risks

8. Temperament

I. Timid, Inhibited

A. Impulsive, Excitable

S. Balanced, Mature

9. Courage

I. Fear

A. Blind, physical, rash courage

S. Mental strength and courage, Courage of conviction, Moral courage

10. Approach to Life

I. Brooding, Withdrawn

A. Pushing, Grabbing, Go-getting

S. Open, Warm, Detached

11. Motivation

I. Unrealistic ambitions, Daydreaming, Having vain desires

A. Intense and realistic ambitions and actions, Greed

S. Self-sufficient, Contented, Meta-motivation

12. Adjustment

I. Shallow temporary emotions like anxiety, Hysteria

A. Maniacal, Excitable, Depressive, Definite moods

S. Even tempered, Stable, Relaxed, Peaceful, High stress- tolerance,

Capacity for deep prolonged emotions

13. Emotionality

I. Weak emotionality (low libidinal level)

A. Passionate, High drive, Ego-involvement, Strong identifications

S. Dispassionate, Sublimated and controlled emotions

14. Will

I. Weak-willed, Highly suggestible

A. Struggling with oneself, Having conflicts

S. Fully controlled, Easy control of self

15. Rights and Duties

I. Not conscious of one's rights or duties

A. Fighting for one's rights, but not conscious of one's responsibilities

S. Aware of and discharging one's responsibilities and duties

16. Leadership

I. Submissive, Inability to be a leader, Inability to command

A. Autocratic leader, Dominant, Egoistic, Inability to be a follower

S. Democratic, Can be a leader or follower with equal ease

17. Assertiveness

I. Inability to demand or protest, Inability to refuse or argue

A. Rude, Arrogant, Inability to suffer silently

S. Ability both to strongly voice one's opinion or suffer in silence as the occasion demands

18. Anger

I. Inability to show anger

A. Short temper, Inability to control anger

S. Can make a show of anger, without really losing control

19. Fairness

I. Allows oneself to be exploited by others

A. Aggressive, Exploits others

S. Just and fair to oneself and others

20. Relation to People

I. Oversensitive, Delicate, Easily hurt

A. Thick-skinned, Clever, Manipulative, Self-centered

S. Tolerant, Kind, Considerate, Loving, Unselfish

21. Relation to Possessions

I. Letting possessions go because of inability to hold them

A. Attached, Proud, Possessive, Greedy

S. Altruistic, Detached

22. Self-Concept

I. Inferiority feelings, Low self-confidence

A. Superiority complex, Boastful, Over-confidence, Likes to show off

S. Self-acceptance, Self-sufficient

23. Values

I. Values only pleasure, No values

A. Values power, fame, Position and status

S. Values friendship, wisdom and character

24. Aggression

I. Punishing oneself (intropunitive), Masochistic(inflicting pain on oneself), Unable to defend oneself

A. Sadistic, Extrapunitive, No difficulty to punish others

S. Impunitive, Forgiving and kind to oneself and others

25. Attitude to Strangers

I. Feels upset in the company of strangers, Inability to relate to or mix with strangers

A. Mixes with everybody, can easily make friends, Feels upset when alone

S. Can remain alone or mix with people with equal ease, but prefers to have a few close friends

26. Sociability

I. Keeping aloof, Shut-in, Does not enjoy company, Lacks sociability

A. Has social skills, Enjoys large gatherings, Cannot tolerate loneliness

S. Comfortable and happy both in being alone as well as with people

27. Speech Making

I. Nervous, Has stage fright, Talking difficulty, Inability to make a speech

A. Likes to talk, Finds it difficult to remain silent

S. Good listening ability and good speaking talent, Likes both

28. Opposite Sex

I. Shy before the opposite sex, Sexually inhibited

A. Aggressively sexed

S. Transcending Sex, Control

29. Conformity

I. Blind conformity to group, Identifies with group, Collectivistic

A. Individualistic, Competitive, Deliberately deviates from group, Rebel

S. Autonomous, Thinks and functions independently, Helps group to improve

30. Friendship

I. No strong friendship connections

A. Passionate human relationships, Intense love or hate

S. Detached altruistic love, Compassion

31. Group Identification

I. No strong emotional ties to group

A. Strong identification with relatively narrow groups, Intensely patriotic

S. Identification with larger groups, wider humanity, all creatures

32. Conscience

I. Weak superego, Not concerned with right and wrong

A. Strong conscience and guilt feelings, Rigid moral codes

S. Moral sense based on love, internal control and integration

33. Beliefs

I. Beliefs based on fear, need for certainty, escape and security

A. Rigid beliefs based on need to control oneself and one's emotions

S. Tolerance of ambiguity, Open-mindedness, Intuitiveness

34. Notion of Reality

I. Not philosophically inclined, Non-critical, Ready to accept the world as unreal

A. Pragmatic, Argumentative, Regards the world as absolutely real

S. Open to new ideas and experiences, World seen as both real (phenomenological)
and unreal (in relation to possible higher states)

35. Determinism

I. Believes in fate, luck and ill-luck only

A. Believes in value of self-effort and freedom of the will only

S. Will and effort are seen as links in the causally connected pre-determined chain of events

MATHEW IAS RATING SCALE

V. George Mathew, Ph.D.

1995 Copyright Reserved

ANSWER SHEET

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Scoring:

Add the numbers in the three vertical columns I, A & S. The total of the three Scores (I, A and S) should be 105. If the total is not 105, there must be errors in your allotment of points. The median position is 35 for each scale. The absolute interpretation of the scores are in terms of these three raw scores. To make interpretations with reference to the score distributions in any given population, you will need norms tables in the manual of the test.

 

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