Self-Monitoring: A Diversity Behaviour You Need To Understand

Are you the kind of person who changes their behaviour based on who’s around you?

Turns out that there’s a name for that and it’s not what you think

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • The difference between acquisitive and protective self-monitoring
  • The type of people who may engage in self-monitoring
  • My own experience with self-monitoring and much more

Here’s some of what we discuss on the show:

Self-monitoring reflects the extent individuals differ in their responses to social cues.

“Self-monitoring involves the degree of concern individuals have for behaving appropriately in a social setting”

Self monitoring is a personality trait

if it’s not part of your personality.. it becomes tiring. You could even think about it as a form of emotional labour or identity work”

Some people engage in self monitoring because they feel they need to

People who are underrepresented, marginalised or disadvantaged at work may engage in self monitoring behaviour”


Mark Snyder (psychologist) – Wikipedia

Interactive Self Monitoring Scale.

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