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The scale you just completed was the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding, developed by Del Paulhus (1991). This scale measures the extent that participants engage in socially desirable responding. In other words, it assesses whether respondents are responding truthfully or are misrepresenting themselves in order to manage their self-presentation. There are two sub-scales within this measure: self-deceptive enhancement and impression management. Self-deceptive enhancement refers to the unconscious tendency to exaggerate your own positive qualities. Impression Management is the conscious tendency to exaggerate your positive qualities.


We are interested in examining how liberals and conservatives score on this scale. Although past research shows that both liberals and conservatives engage in biased processing of political information, it is not known if either of these groups is more likely to engage in self-presentation biases. The present study aims to examine this kind of bias in a broad, non-political domain.


The graph below shows your score on these scales. The scores range from 1 to 7 and higher scores indicate higher levels of self-deception/impression management. Your score is shown in green (1st bar) . The score of the average Liberal survey respondent is shown in blue (2nd bar), the average Conservative score is in red (3rd bar), and the average score for Libertarians is in orange.



You are a member of the group:LessWrong and those results are shown with the Grey bar.




If you want to learn more about this scale you can read this academic journal article, or you can read more about Paulhus's research here.

Paulhus, D.L. (1991). Measurement and control of response bias. In J.P. Robinson, P.R. Shaver, & L.S. Wrightsman (Eds.), Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes (pp.17-59). San Diego: Academic Press.

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