BELIEFS INVENTORY

Directions: It is not necessary to think over any item very long. Mark your answer quickly and then go on to the next statement. Be sure to answer all of the statements. Mark how you actually think about the statement, NOT how you think you SHOULD think.

Agree Disagree Score Statement-

____ _____ • ____ 1. It is important to me that others approve of me.

____ _____ • ____ 2. I hate to fail at anything.

____ _____ • ____ 3. People who do wrong deserve what they get.

____ _____ •• ____ 4. I usually accept what happens philosophically.

____ _____ •• ____ 5. If a person wants to, s/he can be happy under

almost any circumstances.

____ _____ • ____ 6. I have a fear of some things that often bothers me.

____ _____ • ____ 7. I usually put off important decisions.

____ _____ • ____ 8. Everyone needs someone s/he can depend on for help and advice.

____ _____ • ____ 9. "A zebra can not change his/her stripes."

____ _____ • ____ 10. I prefer quiet leisure above all things.

____ _____ •• ____ 11. I like the respect of others, but I don’t have to have it.

____ _____ • ____ 12. I avoid things I cannot do well.

____ _____ • ____ 13. Too many evil persons escape the punishment they deserve.

____ _____ •• ____ 14. Frustrations do not upset me.

____ _____ •• ____ 15. People are disturbed not by situations but by the view

they take of them.

____ _____ •• ____ 16. I feel little anxiety over unexpected dangers or future events.

____ _____ •• ____ 17. I try to go ahead and get irksome tasks behind me

when they come up.

____ _____ • ____ 18. I try to consult an authority on important decisions.

____ _____ • ____ 19. It is almost impossible to overcome the influences of the past.

____ _____ •• ____ 20. I like to have a lot of irons in the fire.

____ _____ • ____ 21. I want everyone to like me.

____ _____ •• ____ 22. I don’t mind competing in activities in which others

are better than I.

____ _____ • ____ 23. Those who do wrong deserve to be blamed.

____ _____ • ____ 24. Things should be different from the way they are.

____ _____ •• ____ 25. I cause my own moods.

____ _____ • ____ 26. I often can’t get my mind off some concern.

____ _____ • ____ 27. I avoid facing my problems.

____ _____ • ____ 28. People need a source of strength outside themselves.

____ _____ •• ____ 29. Just because something once strongly affects your life doesn’t mean it need do so in the future.

____ _____ •• ____ 30. I’m most fulfilled when I have lots to do.

____ _____ •• ____ 31. I can like myself even when many others don’t.

____ _____ •• ____ 32. I like to succeed at something, but I don’t feel I have to.

____ _____ • ____ 33. Immorality should be strongly punished.

____ _____ • ____ 34. I often get disturbed over situations I don’t like.

____ _____ •• ____ 35. People who are miserable have usually made

themselves that way.

____ _____ •• ____ 36. If I can’t keep something from happening,

I don’t worry about it.

____ _____ •• ____ 37. I usually make decisions as promptly as I can.

____ _____ • ____ 38. There are certain people that I depend on greatly.

____ _____ •• ____ 39. People overvalue the influence of the past.

____ _____ •• ____ 40. I most enjoy throwing myself into a creative project.

____ _____ •• ____ 41. If others dislike me, that’s their problem, not mine.

____ _____ • ____ 42. It is highly important to me to be successful in everything I do.

____ _____ •• ____ 43. I seldom blame people for their wrongdoings.

____ _____ •• ____ 44. I usually accept things the way they are,

even if I don’t like them.

____ _____ •• ____ 45. A person won’t stay angry or blue long unless s/he keeps her/himself that way.

____ _____ • ____ 46. I can’t stand to take chances.

____ _____ • ____ 47. Life is too short to spend it doing unpleasant tasks.

____ _____ •• ____ 48. I like to stand on my own two feet.

____ _____ • ____ 49. If I had had different experiences, I could be more like

I want to be.

____ _____ • ____ 50. I’d like to retire and quit working entirely.

____ _____ • ____ 51. I find it hard to go against what others think.

____ _____ •• ____ 52. I enjoy activities for their own sake, no matter how

good I am at them.

____ _____ • ____ 53. The fear of punishment helps people be good.

____ _____ •• ____ 54. If things annoy me, I just ignore them.

____ _____ • ____ 55. The more problems a person has, the less happy s/he will be.

____ _____ •• ____ 56. I am seldom anxious over the future.

____ _____ •• ____ 57. I seldom put things off.

____ _____ •• ____ 58. I am the only one who can really understand

and face my problems.

____ _____ •• ____ 59. I seldom think of past experiences as affecting me now.

____ _____ •• ____ 60. Too much leisure time is boring.

____ _____ •• ____ 61. Although I like approval, it’s not a real need for me.

____ _____ • ____ 62. It bothers me when others are better than I am at something.

____ _____ •• ____ 63. Everyone is basically good.

____ _____ •• ____ 64. I do what I can to get what I want and then don’t worry about it.

____ _____ •• ____ 65. Nothing is upsetting in itself- only in the way you interpret it.

____ _____ • ____ 66. I worry a lot about certain things in the future.

____ _____ • ____ 67. It is difficult for me to do unpleasant chores.

____ _____ •• ____ 68. I dislike for others to make my decisions for me.

____ _____ • ____ 69. We are slaves to our personal histories.

____ _____ • ____ 70. I sometimes wish I could go to a tropical island and

just lie on the beach forever.

____ _____ • ____ 71. I often worry about how much people approve of & accept me.

____ _____ • ____ 72. It upsets me if I make mistakes.

____ _____ • ____ 73. It’s unfair that "the rain falls on both the just and the unjust."

____ _____ •• ____ 74. I am fairly easy going about life.

____ _____ • ____ 75. More people should face up to the unpleasantness of life.

____ _____ • ____ 76. Sometimes I can’t get a fear off my mind.

____ _____ •• ____ 77. A life of ease is seldom very rewarding.

____ _____ •• ____ 78. I find it easy to seek advice.

____ _____ • ____ 79. Once something strongly affects your life, it always will.

____ _____ • ____ 80. I love to lie around.

____ _____ • ____ 81. I have considerable concerns with what people are

feeling about me.

____ _____ • ____ 82. I often become quite annoyed over little things.

____ _____ •• ____ 83. I usually give someone who has wronged me a second chance.

____ _____ • ____ 84. People are happiest when they have challenges and

problems to overcome.

____ _____ •• ____ 85. There is never any reason to remain sorrowful for very long.

____ _____ •• ____ 86. I hardly ever think of such things as death and atomic war.

____ _____ • ____ 87. I dislike responsibility.

____ _____ •• ____ 88. I dislike having to depend on others.

____ _____ • ____ 89. People never change, basically.

____ _____ • ____ 90. Most people work too hard and don’t get enough rest.

____ _____ •• ____ 91. It if annoying but not upsetting to be criticized.

____ _____ •• ____ 92. I’m not afraid to do things which I cannot do well.

____ _____ •• ____ 93. No one is evil, even though his/her deeds may be.

____ _____ •• ____ 94. I seldom become upset over the mistakes of others.

____ _____ •• ____ 95. "Man makes his own hell within himself."

____ _____ • ____ 96. I often find myself planning what I would do in different dangerous situations.

____ _____ •• ____ 97. If something is necessary, I do it even if it is unpleasant.

____ _____ •• ____ 98. I’ve learned not to expect someone else to be very concerned about my welfare.

____ _____ •• ____ 99. I don’t look upon the past with any regrets.

____ _____ • ____ 100. I don’t feel really content unless I’m relaxed & doing nothing.

 

 

 

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SCORING THE BELIEFS INVENTORY

FIRST- ADD SINGLE DOT ITEMS: If the item has one dot [•] and you checked the "agree" box, give yourself 1 [one] point in the space provided next to the statement.

SECOND- ADD DOUBLE DOT ITEMS: If the item has two dots [••] and you checked the "disagree" box, give yourself a point in the space provided next to the statement.

THIRD- Add up your points for the following items:

1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, and 91 A= Total________

2, 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, and 92 B= Total________

3, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83, and 93 C= Total________

4, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 64, 74, 84, and 94 D= Total________

5, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85, and 95 E= Total________

6, 16, 26, 36, 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, and 96 F= Total________

7, 17, 27, 37, 47, 57, 67, 77, 87, and 97 G= Total________

8, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, 78, 88, and 98 H= Total________

9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, and 99 I= Total________

10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 100 J= Total________

Results:

A= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that it is an absolute necessity for an adult to have love and approval from peers, family and friends.

B= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that you must be unfailingly competent and almost perfect in all you undertake.

C= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that certain people are evil, wicked and villainous, and should be punished.

D= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that it is horrible when things are not the way you would like them to be.

E= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that external events cause most human misery- people simply react as events trigger their emotions.

F= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that you should feel fear or anxiety about anything that is unknown, uncertain or potentially dangerous.

G= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that it is easier to avoid than to face life difficulties and responsibilities.

H= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that you need something other or stronger or greater than yourself to rely on.

I= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that the past has a lot to do with determining the present.

J= The higher the total, the greater your agreement with the irrational idea that happiness can be achieved by in action, passivity and endless leisure.