Directions: Read each statement and decide how well it describes you and your typical behavior in school. Then, by using the four-point scale below, rate each statement and write your response (i.e. 1, 2, 3, or 4) on the answer sheet in the appropriate space. Please answer every statement.
3 That’s really me 2 That’s often me 1 That’s me once in a while 0 That’s not me
_____1. It is not very important for me to do well in school.
_____2. When I become discouraged with school, I give up and don’t try any more.
_____3. I put a lot of time and energy into my schoolwork, but I don’t seem to accomplish very much.
_____4. I have a hard time finishing homework or projects for school.
_____5. It is difficult for me to start homework or study for tests without being forced
or threatened by someone.
_____6. I don’t like to ask questions or ask for help because I am afraid of looking stupid.
______7. I don’t do any of my school assignments until I have to or until they are past due.
_____8. I usually blame someone else, like my teachers or parents, if I don’t do my homework or receive bad grades.
_____9. I usually feel sorry for myself when things go wrong in school.
_____10. I don’t seem to have much time for homework because of all the other things I want to do.
_____11. I never seem to feel good about my ability to do well in school.
_____ 12. I have a hard time paying attention in class.
1. Which do you think is a bigger predictor of success, intelligence or attitude?
2. Who do you think that self-defeating behaviors are picked up from?
3. Is it possible that some behavior patterns can hurt your academic performance?
4. Can you give an example?
The most important word in the expression “self-defeating behaviors” is “self.” You can determine the course your education will take. Others can and should be an important influence; but the decisions we make by ourselves will, in the end, be the deciding factor.