Need for Uniqueness Scale


Directions: The following statements concern your perceptions about yourself in a variety of situations. Your task is to indicate the strength of your agreement with each statement. In front of each statement, type the number from the following scale that most closely reflects you.

1 = Strong Disagreement
2 = Moderate Disagreement
3 = Neutral
4 = Moderate Agreement
5 = Strong Agreement

  1. When I am in a group of strangers, I am not reluctant to express my opinion openly.
    1 2 3 4 5

  2. I find criticism affects my self-esteem.
    1 2 3 4 5

  3. I sometimes hesitate to use my own ideas for fear they might be impractical.
    1 2 3 4 5

  4. I think society should let reason lead it to new customs and throw aside old habits or mere traditions.
    1 2 3 4 5

  5. People frequently succeed in changing my mind.
    1 2 3 4 5

  6. I find it sometimes amusing to upset the dignity of teachers, judges, and "cultured" people.
    1 2 3 4 5

  7. I like wearing a uniform because it makes me proud to be a member of the organization it represents.
    1 2 3 4 5

  8. People have sometimes called me "stuck-up."
    1 2 3 4 5

  9. Others' disagreements make me uncomfortable.
    1 2 3 4 5

  10. I do not always live by the standards and rules of society.
    1 2 3 4 5

  11. I am unable to express my feelings if they result in undesirable consequences.
    1 2 3 4 5

  12. Being a success in one's career means making a contribution no one else has made.
    1 2 3 4 5

  13. It bothers me if people think I'm being too conventional.
    1 2 3 4 5

  14. I always try to follow rules.
    1 2 3 4 5

  15. If I disagree with a superior on his or her views, I usually do not keep it to myself.
    1 2 3 4 5

  16. I speak up in meetings in order to oppose those whom I feel are wrong.
    1 2 3 4 5

  17. Feeling "different" in a crowd of people makes me feel uncomfortable.
    1 2 3 4 5

  18. If I must die let it be an unusual death rather than an ordinary death in bed.
    1 2 3 4 5

  19. I would rather be just like everyone else rather than to be called a freak.
    1 2 3 4 5

  20. I must admit I find it hard to work under strict rules and regulations.
    1 2 3 4 5

  21. I would rather be known for always trying new ideas rather than employing well-trusted methods.
    1 2 3 4 5

  22. It is better to always agree with the opinions of others than to be considered a disagreeable person.
    1 2 3 4 5

  23. I do not like to say unusual things to people.
    1 2 3 4 5

  24. I tend to express my opinions publicly, regardless of what others say.
    1 2 3 4 5

  25. As a rule, I strongly defend my own opinions.
    1 2 3 4 5

  26. I do not like to go my own way.
    1 2 3 4 5

  27. When I am with a group of people, I agree with their ideas so that no arguments arise.
    1 2 3 4 5

  28. I tend to keep quiet in the presence of persons of higher rank, experience, etc.
    1 2 3 4 5

  29. I have been quite independent and free from family rule.
    1 2 3 4 5

  30. Whenever I take part in-group activities, I am somewhat of a nonconformist.
    1 2 3 4 5

  31. In most things in life, I believe in playing it safe rather than taking a gamble.
    1 2 3 4 5

  32. It is better to break rules than always conform to an impersonal society.
    1 2 3 4 5




Source: Snyder, C. R., and H. L. Fromkin (1977). "Abnormality as a positive characteristic: The development and validation of a scale measuring need for uniqueness." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 86, 518-527.