The Social Intelligence Profile
Online Survey
© Karl Albrecht


For each of the following statements, click the button for the numbered option that describes how well you believe that statement applies to you. Use the scale shown to the right.

Please answer every item as best you can. When you've answered all items, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

Suggestions: Try to answer as honestly and realistically as you can. Treat each question separately, on its own merits. Try to avoid the middle of the road choice of 3; look for differences. Don't outsmart yourself; answer with your first impression.

Estimated completion time: 12-15 minutes.

Rating Scale:
1 = Strongly Disagree
2 = Disagree
3 = Neutral/No Strong Opinion
4 = Agree
5 = Strongly Agree
Please answer all items.
(Note: do not hit the Enter key to move to the next question; use the mouse to select each answer.)

How well does each statement describe you? 1 2 3 4 5
1 I skillfully read the social context — situational cues that unconsciously shape the ways people behave and relate.
2 I notice cultural, ethnic, religious, political, age or gender differences that may affect the way people behave toward me or others.
3 I practice good social etiquette (behavior in social situations).
4 I practice good business etiquette (behavior in business situations).
5 I skillfully read nonverbal signals — tone of voice, gestures, body postures and facial expressions — that indicate a person's emotional state.
6 I consider the possible interests, intentions and agendas that might be motivating a person or group I'm interacting with.
7 I notice the roles people adopt in meetings and social situations.
8 I appropriately vary the degree of formality in the way I treat people.
9 I detect unexpressed tension or antagonism between people, even when they are pretending to get along.
10 I skillfully manage egos when necessary.
11 My posture, movements, facial expressions, voice and general bearing convey a sense of self-confidence.
12 My facial expressions, eye contact and posture indicate to people that I'm approachable.
13 My style of dress, grooming and general appearance give others a positive impression of me.
14 I know when to speak and when to keep silent.
15 I show energy and optimism in the way I interact with others.
16 I answer the telephone pleasantly and clearly.
17 I lose my temper when I don't get my way.
18 I react emotionally under stress (anger, frustration, avoidance, etc.) in ways that can cause people to lose respect for me.
19 I laugh too loudly, irritatingly or at inappropriate times.
20 I have personal habits, mannerisms or reactions that others perceive as peculiar, eccentric, annoying, distracting or unpleasant.
21 I assert my own rights and interests politely but firmly when I feel others are acting inconsiderately toward me.
22 I impose on others by asking for favors that are inappropriate to the relationship I have with them.
23 I charm people to get what I want from them.
24 I fake it when I don't know the answer to a question or the solution to a problem, or otherwise act dishonestly to cover for my lack of knowledge.
25 I am pleasant and considerate only to people who are in a position to benefit me in some way; I treat others indifferently.
26 I tell white lies to get what I want.
27 I play people against one another to get what I want.
28 I am truthful in what I say and I am careful not to mislead people with the information I give them.
29 I keep my word; people can count on me to do what I say I will do.
30 I blame others or shift the blame when things go wrong.
31 My voice and speaking pattern (pitch, rate, volume, modulation and clarity of pronunciation) make it easy for people to understand me.
32 I vary the level of the vocabulary I use (speaking and writing) to suit the people and situations I deal with.
33 I'm skilled at "helicopter" thinking, (i.e. explaining things at various levels of conceptual "altitude,") from facts and details to general concepts.
34 I can sell an idea or a course of action by explaining it compellingly.
35 I avoid dogmatic, intolerant, or opinionated language in expressing my views; I say "in some cases," "so far as I know" and "it seems to me."
36 I go into too much detail when I explain things.
37 I explain factual information clearly and simply.
38 I make good use of figures of speech (analogies, metaphors, similes and colorful expressions) in conversation.
39 I skillfully paraphrase what someone has said, in order to confirm that I have understood their meaning.
40 I illustrate ideas with sketches, diagrams and word-pictures that help people understand key points.
41 I say and do things that make people feel noticed and appreciated.
42 I demonstrate awareness and consideration of others' feelings.
43 I listen attentively to others, hear them out, and show respect for their right to express their views.
44 I try to impress people by bragging, name-dropping, or showing them that I know more than they do.
45 I criticize, complain, or otherwise point out the negative aspects of situations and actions by others.
46 I monopolize conversations, not encouraging others to talk about themselves or their interests.
47 I interrupt other people, or finish their sentences for them.
48 I put people down with sarcastic, critical or condescending statements.
49 I boss others around and insist that they do things my way.
50 I use preachy language such as "You should ...", "Why don't you ...", or "If you were smart, you'd ...".
Please Read Carefully:

For each of the following pairs of opposing adjectives, choose a number on the scale from 1 to 5 to indicate which of the two is closest to others' perception of you.

Your scoring page will show up to 3 of your highest-rated adjectives (only those you scored as 4 or 5, if any) and up to 3 of your lowest-rated adjectives (scored 1 or 2, if any).

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Please Read Carefully:

Each of these ten social scenarios describes a fairly typical situation you might experience.

For each one, click the option that most nearly describes your primary tendency to act under those circumstances.

This may not always be the way you actually decide to behave, but what is your primary tendency?

Be sure to read all four choices before deciding.

66 1) The Reception: You're attending a cocktail reception party at the end of a convention or conference. During this reception, your tendency is to:
 A. Keep your conversations brief and try to spot people who seem like potential customers or good business contacts.
 B. Circulate as widely as possible, looking for people who might be interesting to talk with.
 C. Circulate the reception area briefly, chatting with a few people whom you know or feel comfortable with.
 D. Have a drink, eat some hors d'oeuvres, make a circuit of the room and leave; unless you happen to connect with someone who seems interesting.
67 2) Brainstorming: You're attending a meeting of people from various departments in your organization. The group has been asked to identify potential problems facing the organization, and suggest solutions to them. Your tendency is to:
 A. Assume the role of discussion leader.
 B. Encourage a lively conversation, contribute ideas and stimulate others in the group to participate.
 C. Make sure everyone has a chance to contribute and encourage members to respect all contributions.
 D. Observe quietly, contribute occasionally and make your own list.
68 3) The Diagnosis: You're meeting with your doctor to review your test results and decide on a course of treatment for a complicated medical condition. Your tendency is to:
 A. Take the initiative in the conversation, making it clear that you want a full explanation of the problem and the potential solutions.
 B. Try to start the conversation on a personal level, knowing that you'll be working with this doctor often in the course of your treatment.
 C. Treat the doctor with respect and deference, allowing him or her to guide the conversation.
 D. Read up on your medical condition ahead of time, listen carefully, take notes and ask questions so you fully understand your options.
69 4) Doing Business: You're representing your firm in a negotiating meeting with representatives from another firm. Your tendency is to:
 A. Take control of the meeting, present your offer, and prepare to answer their objections or counter-offers.
 B. Make an effort to get the meeting started on a positive, cooperative basis.
 C. Invite the other team members to explain their interests and objectives, so both sides can cooperatively search for a good solution.
 D. Wait to hear what they have to say first, and then go from there.
70 5) The Dinner Party: You're attending a dinner party at a friend's house, where you discover that you only know the host and hostess — all of the others are strangers to you. While determining where to sit at the table, your tendency is to:
 A. Choose the first seat available — preferably close to the host or hostess — without asking or considering anyone else's preference.
 B. Offer and encourage others to choose their seats ahead of you, then take the remaining seat available.
 C. Try to establish small-talk with one of the other guests — then sit next to him/her.
 D. Directly ask the host/hostess where you're supposed to sit.
71 6) The Problem Employee: As a supervisor, you have the responsibility of dealing with a "problem employee" — someone whose work habits are unsatisfactory and who is not contributing adequately. Your tendency is to:
 A. Call the person into your office and discuss his or her inadequate performance.
 B. Use staff meetings to remind everyone — including the problem employee — about the work standards; hope he or she gets the message.
 C. Work more closely with the employee, encouraging him or her to pay more attention to the quality of the work.
 D. Point out the unsatisfactory work performance on a case by case basis, instructing the employee how to do the job better.
72 7) Hire Me: It's the chance of a lifetime — you have the opportunity to get the job of your dreams. During the final interview, you would like to discuss your potential salary. Your tendency is to:
 A. Initiate the topic to your interviewer, naming the salary you desire.
 B. Emphasize your desire to make a valuable contribution to the organization, and use this topic as a bridge to the topic of rewards and compensation.
 C. Wait until the topic of salary comes up, then ask about the related salary range.
 D. Just accept whatever salary is offered to you, and expect to achieve more as your job performance increases.
73 8) The Dating Game: Let's assume you're single. During a family gathering, your cousin has just informed you that the friend she brought to the gathering is very attracted to you. You also find this person attractive and would like to meet him or her. Your tendency is to:
 A. Personally approach that person, introduce yourself and take the opportunity to get to know him or her.
 B. Try to start a conversation with several people, which includes the other person, and then focus your attention on him or her; then develop it into a personal conversation.
 C. Ask your cousin to introduce you to this person you're attracted to.
 D. Take no action, hoping that the other person will take the initiative, or that an opportunity for a conversation will somehow materialize.
74 9) Making the Sale: You're considering buying a new car, which is rather expensive by your standards. You have an appointment with a salesman to discuss the car. Your tendency is to:
 A. Take charge of the discussion; let the salesman know that you're considering other dealers; get an exact specification for the car and get a written price offer.
 B. Take a friend with you and ask the salesman to explain the options and prices for the model of car you are interested in; make it a three-way conversation, and have your friend help you negotiate a firm price.
 C. Allow the salesman to steer the discussion, but make sure you get answers to all of your questions and get a firm price quote.
 D. Decide exactly the make, model, and options for the car you want to buy; then send letters to five dealers in your area asking for a firm price and delivery date. Take the best offer.
75 10) The Gossip: At the holiday party, you're accosted by that critical, cynical and negative family member who wants to gossip about someone she doesn't like. Your tendency is to:
 A. Finally take the opportunity to discuss her negative and critical attitude, in hopes of helping her improve.
 B. Encourage her not to judge that other person she's gossiping about, suggesting she try to give him or her the benefit of the doubt.
 C. Pretend to be interested in what she has to say, but try to steer her into a more pleasant line of conversation.
 D. Remain quiet, respond minimally, and break contact by going to the food table, getting another drink, or visiting the bathroom.
Comparison Data (For Statistical Purposes Only):
76 Your Name (in this format: "Lastname-Firstname")
77 Your Gender?
78 What is your age (leave blank if you do not want to provide this information)?
79 What is the highest level of formal education you have achieved (optional)?
 Some High School
 High school Diploma
 Some college (or trade school)
 College Degree
 Advanced degree(s)
80 What is your occupation (please use simple & familiar terms if possible)?

Click the Submit button after you've answered all the questions. Then you'll see a webpage with your scores. Be sure to print the page immediately. Then click the link to download your personal Mindex Online Workbook, which you will need to plot and interpret your scores.