Are you a self- monitor?<br />Presentation courtesy of David Baydek’s life story<br />Com 270<br />July 20, 2010<br />Valerie Manusov<br />Personal Portrait<br />
David, how did you choose this topic?<br />Well class, I’m glad you asked. When I was reading the material over and over while studying for the midterm, (weeks in advance) I ran in to the topic of self-monitoring behavior (pages 440-443 in the book). I took the eight question quiz and found out that I answered yes on nearly all of them (sans public speaking). I am a somewhat high self-monitor which I thought was good. So I decided to see what connections I could make and clarify what the term means for the class (hopefully I am not the 8th person to pick this).<br />
What process will you use to create your portrait? Answering point #2<br />I will be using modern technology in the form of a PowerPoint presentation because…<br />I am not crafty enough to cut things out and make them pretty.<br />The last poem I wrote was in 5th grade about a turtle who played soccer.<br />I don’t know interpretive dance nor do I ever get the “message” they are supposedly sending.<br />And I love technical difficulties that arise whenever someone hooks up a computer to the class projector so here it goes.<br />
What is self-monitoring behavior according to Canary, Cody & Manusov?<br />“Self-monitoring is a personality construct that is intimately linked to a person’s view of himself or herself. High self-monitors pay close attention to their own behaviors and emotional reactions to be seen as appropriate in order to achieve their interaction goals in a given situation (Meyer, 2001).”Apparently they liked this definition.<br />
Ok, but what does that mean in English?<br />A high self-monitor is someone who changes how they act to blend in.<br />A low self-monitor is more or less the same person in different situations.<br />Here are some examples of David doing this… hopefully this YouTube clip loads (fingers crossed)<br />
A sad attempt at Karaoke<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUPFofVJ6ws<br />
Why was that a good example?<br />There were around 200 people at a Karaoke event in Seattle and to “blend in” I picked an old song from my roller-skating days that most people knew. There were a few people singing along so other than me forgetting how long the song was, it serves as a good example. <br />According to Table 14.2 in the literature… Number 6 states “I guess I put on a show to impress or entertain others.” I would answer yes to this question.<br />
Another example of my chameleon-like abilities<br />Just kidding, but seriously, it took a second to realize that I was not wearing a scuba suit.<br />
Why were those examples of self-monitoring?<br />I was trying to be funny with the pictures on the left because I was with my family and friends.<br />I wasn’t smiling in the photos on the right because every male in the Army tries to show as little emotion as possible in certain situations.<br />I changed from funny to serious David (I hate speaking in the 3rd person so I’ll cut that down a bit) when the situation calls for it either with different friends or different activities.<br />
Why do I change?<br />When I am with my mom I have to act like a different person so I can be accepted. I rarely joke with her because she hasn’t grasped the concept of sarcasm and I don’t like explaining jokes. I never swear or listen to rap music in her presence. When I am with my girlfriend <br /> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<br /> I use sarcasm, swear occasionally, and I don’t self-censor as much. I change my behavior depending on who I am with.<br />
Example Quiz for low self-monitors<br />I would not change my opinions in order to please someone or win their favor.<br />In groups of people I am rarely the center of attention.<br />I find it hard to imitate the behavior of other people.<br />My behavior is usually an expression of my true inner feelings, attitudes, and beliefs.<br />If you answered yes for most of the questions, you are a low self-monitor.<br />Example quiz courtesy of Mark Snyder<br />
What is my best example of being a high self-monitor?<br />On page 442 of the textbook, the 3rd feature of self-monitors by Snyder & Gangestad is that in conversations, “high self-monitors are more likely to prompt others to talk about themselves… use humor and reciprocating self-disclosures… to ensure that the conversation continues.”<br />When I read that I thought that this definition was tailor made for me.<br />In most conversations I ask others to talk about themselves and feel that it is my responsibility to keep the conversation going.<br />
Are you a high self-monitor all the time?<br />I wish that I could say that public speaking was not an issue but it is.<br />Depending on the friends or other company I am with, I will change my demeanor to fit in.<br />Some of my friends in college would have their mind blown if they knew I made the Dean’s list or have an addiction to $3 blackjack at the Emerald Queen Casino.<br />I only let certain people know about certain parts of my identity.<br />Unlike the example in the book of high self-monitors, I have been in a few long relationships instead of many more short ones. I have been going out with my girlfriend for three years next month. Pause for obligatory aww.This is part of me not totally being a high self-monitor 24/7.<br />
Sources<br />The class textbook for definitions and examples.<br />Myspace and Facebook for photos.<br />YouTube for the video.<br />http://pubpages.unh.edu/~ckb/SELFMON2.html for the quiz questions.<br />Google for the question guy image.<br />Finally, my life experience.<br />
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