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Self Monitoring



Self Monitoring:
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There are people who are high self-monitors and people who are low self-monitors...A high self-monitor is someone who is concerned about how they are perceived by others and will actually change their behavior in order to fit different situations (e.g., if they believe they will be perceived negatively by others, they may change their behavior so that they are perceived more positively...rather than just acting in a consistent manner). On the other hand, a low self-monitor is someone who is less concerned with how other people perceive them and will be more likely to act consistently. For example, a low self-monitor who has certain religious beliefs will be more likely than a high self-monitor to express their actual beliefs across situations (a high self-monitor might say something other than their true beliefs if they believe the situation calls for it or if they believe others will perceive them in a negative manner).

 

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