Talkaholic Scale (TAS)


The Talkaholic Scale (TAS) is a self-report measure of compulsive communication. It was developed by James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond in 1993. The TAS consists of 16 items that assess an individual’s tendency to talk excessively, their difficulty controlling their talking, and their negative feelings about their talking.

The Talkaholic Scale has been found to be a reliable and valid measure of compulsive communication. It has been used in a variety of research studies, including studies of communication apprehension, social anxiety, and narcissism.

The Talkaholic Scale can be used to help people identify whether or not they have a problem with compulsive communication. If you score high on the TAS, it may be helpful to talk to a therapist or counselor about ways to manage your talking.

Here are some tips for managing compulsive communication:

  • Be aware of your triggers. What are the things that make you want to talk excessively? Once you know your triggers, you can start to avoid them or develop coping mechanisms for dealing with them.
  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. When you are mindful, you are less likely to get caught up in your thoughts and feelings, which can lead to excessive talking.
  • Learn to listen. When you are talking to someone, make an effort to listen to what they have to say. This will show that you are interested in them and their thoughts and feelings. It will also help you to avoid interrupting them.
  • Take breaks. If you find yourself talking excessively, take a break. Get up and move around, or step outside for some fresh air. This will help you to clear your head and come back to the conversation refreshed.
  • Seek professional help. If you are struggling to manage your compulsive communication, it may be helpful to talk to a therapist or counselor. They can help you to develop strategies for managing your talking and improving your communication skills.

Talkaholic Scale (TAS)

1 1.    Often I keep quiet when I should talk Strongly Disagree =1 Disagree = 2 Neutral = 3 Agree = 4 Strongly Agree = 5
2 2.    I talk more than I should sometimes
3 3.    Often‚ I talk when I know I should keep quiet
4 4.    Sometimes I keep quiet when I know it would be to my advantage to talk
5 5.    I am a “talkaholic”
6 6.    Sometimes I feel compelled to keep quiet
7 7.    In general‚ I talk more than I should
8 8.    I am a compulsive talker
9 9.    I am not a talker; rarely do I talk in communication situations
10 10.Quite a few people have said I talk too much
11 11.I just can’t stop talking too much
12 12.In general‚ I talk less than I should
13 13.I am not a “talkaholic”
14 14.Sometimes I talk when I know it would be to my advantage to keep quiet
15 15.I talk less than I should sometimes
16 16.I am not a compulsive talker
  • Strongly Disagree =1;
  • Disagree = 2;
  • Neutral = 3;
  • Agree = 4;
  • Strongly Agree = 5


To determine the score on the Talkaholic Scale‚ complete the following steps:
Step 1: Add the scores for items 2‚ 3‚ 5‚ 7‚ 8‚ 10‚ 11‚ and 14.
Step 2: Add the scores for items 13 and 16.
Step 3: Complete the following formula: Total Score = 12 + Total from Step 1 – Total from Step 2.
NOTE: Items 1‚ 4‚ 6‚ 9‚ 12‚ and 15 are filler items and are not scored.
The score should be between 10 and 50. Most people score below 30.
People who score between 30 and 39 are borderline talkaholics‚ and are able to control their talking most of the time‚ but sometimes they find themselves in situations where it is difficult to be quiet‚ even if it would be very much to their advantage not to talk.
People with scores above 40 are talkaholics. They are truly compulsive communicators.


McCroskey‚ J. C.‚ & Richmond‚ V. P. (1993). Identifying compulsive communicators: The talkaholic scale. Communication Research Reports‚ 11‚ 39-52.

McCroskey‚ J. C.‚ & Richmond‚ V. P. (1995). Correlates of compulsive communication: Quantitative and qualitative ch‎aracteristics. Communication Quarterly‚ 43‚ 39-52.

McCroskey‚ J. C.‚ & Richmond‚ V. P. (1996). Fundamentals of human communication: An interpersonal perspective. Prospect Heights‚ IL: Waveland Press.

Richmond‚ V. P.‚ & McCroskey‚ J. C. (1998). Communication apprehension‚ avoidance and effectiveness b (5th Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.