Assessment of Personal Agency Belief Patterns (APP)

DIRECTIONS: For each pair of statements, choose which one best describes you overall. Then, use the scale directly beneath the statement you have chosen to rate how much your selected statement describes you. If you cannot decide which statement best describes you, choose "Both Statements are Equally True." Please work quickly — first impressions are usually the best.

1.
I enjoy setting challenging goals for myself and monitoring my progress toward those goals.
OR
Rather than stopping to set goals, I prefer to react in "real time" to the tasks and assignments that come up each day.
2.
When it comes to difficult projects that test my capabilities, I'm a firm believer in the old saying, "if something can go wrong, it will."
OR
Whenever I take on a difficult project, I am confident that things will go well.
3.
When I run into an obstacle, I prefer to think about ways to overcome that obstacle.
OR
When I run into an obstacle, I prefer to wait patiently and hope the obstacle resolves itself.
4.
I often have trouble formulating meaningful goals to pursue.
OR
I rarely have any problem formulating meaningful goals to work toward.
5.
When I succeed at something, I know it will have a cumulative effect and make it more likely that my success will continue.
OR
When I succeed at something, I know it's just temporary and I shouldn't count on it to help me with the next challenge.
6.
I often have a hard time imagining how I might solve obstacles and problems I'm facing.
OR
It is usually easy for me to come up with ways to resolve whatever obstacles and problems I'm facing.
7.
I usually prefer to stay in my comfort zone.
OR
As a rule, I like seeking out new challenges.
8.
I am a very optimistic person, even in the face of adversity.
OR
My experience has taught me to have low expectations in the face of adversity.
9.
I generally like it when I have to keep trying new things to be successful.
OR
I don't like it when I have to change what I'm doing to maintain the successes I've achieved.
10.
My basic approach to life might be called "defensive" since I like to play it safe and make sure I don't go too far out on a limb.
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My basic approach to life might be called "progressive" since I like to make changes and experiment.
11.
When I fail at something I am always confident that I will be able to do better next time.
OR
When I fail at something that tells me a lot about the kind of situations I should try to avoid.
12.
It worries me when I encounter setbacks because that indicates where I may have shortcomings that make it hard to meet a performance standard.
OR
I'm not worried about setbacks because I know I can figure out how to meet almost any performance standard.
13.
I like to think about the future and how to make myself better.
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I usually prefer to focus on my immediate "to-do" list and take things one day at a time.
14.
When things go badly, my tendency is to focus on what went wrong and who's responsible for repairing the damage.
OR
When things go badly, my tendency is to focus on how I can use my personal capabilities to make things better.
15.
My initial reaction when a crisis arises is to feel trapped.
OR
When I get into a crisis situation my first instinct is to think about possible solutions.
16.
I feel energized and upbeat most of the time.
OR
I find myself feeling discouraged and unenthusiastic much of the time.
17.
When conflicts arise with others my preference is to steer clear and search for smoother waters.
OR
When conflicts arise with others my preference is to deal with it and trust that I can achieve a good outcome.
18.
I can envision a variety of pathways to future success and fulfillment.
OR
When I think about my future, it often seems sort of cloudy.

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