Response scale hijinx

My friend and colleague John Wilkinson, who worked with me to develop a response scale for distress among Darfur refugees some years ago (see blog entry), directed me to a humorous blog entry on response scales.

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The blog entry includes new interpretations for each level, including the following for the third face from the right (my favorite):

4: Huh.  I never knew that about giraffes.

I read through the entry, then remembered where I’d seen the scale: I’m a little embarrassed to say that I actually have the scale that the blog makes fun of posted on my refrigerator door in my apartment. For the record, it’s the Wong-Baker Faces Pain Rating Scale. I use it to tell myself what kind of day I’m having. Even psychologists need help with their emotions sometimes. (Say what you will.)

See the whole entry at Hyperbole and a Half. (Warning: The blogger uses some language that may be offensive to some.)

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