Misanthropy Scale- Revised
Sullivan and Adelson‚ 1954
1. People seem to prefer the most luxurious‚ extravagant‚ and sensual way of living .
2. In order to maintain a nice residential neighborhood it is best to prevent most people from living in it.
3. A major fault of most people is their conceit.
4. Colleges should adopt a quota system by which they may limit the number of people in fields which have too many now.
5. A step toward solving social problems would be to prevent people from getting in to superior‚ profit able positions in society‚ for a while at least.
6. One trouble with most people is that they stick together and connive‚ so that others don’t have a fair chance in competition.
7. Our social problems are so general and deep that one often doubts that democratic methods can ever solve them.
8. Most people tend to lower the general standard of living by their willingness to do the most menial work and to live under standards that are far below average.
9. Most people should not pry so much in to others’ activities and organizations nor seek so much recognition and prestige.
10.Much resentment against most people stems from their tending to keep apart and to exclude others from their social life.
11.One big trouble with people is that they are never contented‚ but always try for the best jobs and the most money.
12.People go too far in hiding their backgrounds‚ especially such extremes as changing their names and imitating others’ manner and customs.
13.People should make sincere efforts to rid themselves of their conspicuous and irritating faults‚ if they really want to prevent themselves from being condemned.
14.War shows up the fact that most people are not patriotic or willing to make sacrifices for their country.
15.There i s something different and strange about most people; one never knows what they are thinking or planning‚ nor what makes them tick.
16.People may have moral standards that they apply in their dealings with their friends‚ but with others most of them are unscrupulous‚ ruthless‚ and undependable.
17.Most peoples’ first loyalty is to themselves rather than to their country.
18.In order to handle social problems‚ one must meet fire with fire and use the same ruthless tactics with others that they use.
19.Most people seem to have an aversion to plain hard work; they tend to be parasites on society by finding easy‚ nonproductive jobs.
20.One general fault of people is their over aggressiveness‚ a strange tendency always to display their looks‚ manner‚ and breeding.
21.There seems to be some revolutionary streak in the human makeup as shown by the fact that there are so many communists and agitators.
22.People should be more concerned with their personal appearance‚ and not be so dirty and smelly and unkempt.
23.There is little hope of correcting human defects‚ since these defects are simply in the blood.
24.People keep too much to themselves‚ instead of taking the proper interest in community problems and good government.
25.When people create large funds for educational or scientific research it is mainly due to a desire for fame and public notice rather than a really sincere scientific interest.
26.People would solve many of their social problems by not being so irresponsible‚ lazy‚ and ignorant.
27.It would be best to limit most people to grammar and trade school education since more schooling just gives them ambition and desires which they are unable to fulfill in competition.
28.There is something inherently primitive and uncivilized in most people‚ as shown in their musical tastes and extreme aggressiveness.
29.There will always be wars because‚ for one thing ‚ there will always be people who ruthlessly try to grab for more than their share.
Complete agreement (+3) to complete disagreement (-3)
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