Use of the dramaturgical metaphor in the measurement of self-monitoring

Richard Lennox1
1State University of New York, United States
Cite this article:  Lennox, R. (1986). Use of the dramaturgical metaphor in the measurement of self-monitoring. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 14(2), 145-148.

Volume 14 Issue 2 | e495 | Published: August 1986 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1986.14.2.145

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Factor analyses of the Self-monitoring Scale consistently reveal the acting ability factor to refer to performance in the sense of theatrical entertainment and to have little to with self-presentation in real-life interactions. A set of social acting items having face validity for ability to modify self-presentation in everyday life is shown to have very little in common with stage acting items of Snyder’s Self-monitoring Scale. The results point to the necessity of distinguishing between contingent and noncontingent self-presentation.


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