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Measuring Mood, Meta-Mood, and Empathy

Measuring Mood

Measuring the Meta-Experience of Mood

Measuring Emotional Empathy

Laboratory reprints concerning mood and meta-mood research

Obtaining the State Meta-Mood Experience Scale (SMMS)

The State Meta-Mood Experience Scale (SMMS) is a scale of meta-experience developed independently of the Trait Meta Mood Scale. It has rather interesting psychometric properties, as it was developed to include scales appropriate to those in both overly good as well as overly bad moods.

The SMMS is made up of a meta-evaluation and meta-regulation portion, which are analyzed separately. The overall scale, however, is quite brief. Psychometric properties are available in the article:

Mayer, J. D., & Stevens, A. (1994). An emerging understanding of the reflective (meta-) experience of mood. Journal of Research in Personality, 28, 351-373.

Items may be found in that same article's appendix -- or from the table below. If you use the table below, however, please check it first against the article, as it was recently reformatted, and has not yet been checked.

THINKING ABOUT MOOD -- PART I. Instructions: Please review your current mood. Describe your thoughts and feelings about your present mood and the influence of those thoughts and feelings on you right now. Please use the following scale:

 

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Definitely does not describe my mood.

Somewhat does not describe my mood.

Neither describes nor does not describe my mood.

Somewhat describes my mood.

Definitely describes my mood.

 

It has altered my outlook.

1 2 3 4 5

I know this feeling is wrong.

1 2 3 4 5

I almost never feel like this.

1 2 3 4 5

It's hard to describe.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm not ashamed of my mood.

1 2 3 4 5

There's nothing wrong with it.

1 2 3 4 5

There's no need to change it.

1 2 3 4 5

I shouldn't feel this way.

1 2 3 4 5

It's very typical for me.

1 2 3 4 5

I feel this mood often.

1 2 3 4 5

It has changed how I think.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm ashamed of it.

1 2 3 4 5

It hasn't altered my outlook.

1 2 3 4 5

This mood will change soon.

1 2 3 4 5

It's clear.

1 2 3 4 5

This mood, too, shall pass.

1 2 3 4 5

I don't know why I feel it.

1 2 3 4 5

It's hard to tell what it is.

1 2 3 4 5

It's changed my beliefs and opinions.

1 2 3 4 5

My beliefs and opinions are unchanged by this mood.

1 2 3 4 5

This mood will never change.

1 2 3 4 5

My thinking hasn't changed.

1 2 3 4 5

I know why I feel this mood.

1 2 3 4 5

I know exactly how I'm feeling.

1 2 3 4 5

 

THINKING ABOUT MOOD -- PART II . Instructions: Sometimes people try to change their moods, and other times they let the moods be. Please describe your present approach to your mood. Please try to answer all the questions using the following scale:

 

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Definitely does not describe my approach.

Somewhat does not describe my approach.

Neither describes nor does not describe my approach.

Somewhat describes my approach.

Definitely describes my approach.

 

I distrust how positive it is and am trying to bring myself down.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm planning positive things, to keep my mood going

1 2 3 4 5

I'm allowing myself to experience it.

1 2 3 4 5

It's so high that I'm trying to bring myself down to better concentrate

1 2 3 4 5

I'm not trying to change it because I believe it is important to experience.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm reminding myself of the nice things in life to improve it.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm not trying to change the mood.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm thinking good thoughts to cheer myself up.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm imagining something better to improve my mood.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm reminding myself of reality to bring it down a little.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm trying to relax because it is too positive.

1 2 3 4 5

I wouldn't want to change my mood.

1 2 3 4 5

It's so high I need to dampen it before I make a fool of myself.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm thinking of good things to come, so as to make my mood better.

1 2 3 4 5

I'm letting my mood continue, because that will keep it steady and positive.

1 2 3 4 5