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Discernment Practices Indicator

The Discernment Practices Indicator measures three factors: (a) Courage, (b) Intuition, and (c) faith. Discernment is conceptualized as the ability to regulate one's thinking in the acquisition and application of knowledge to make decisions that are right, fair, and just.

Please indicate the extent to which you consider each item a representation of how you usually think, feel, or act, by selecting the appropriate number following each statement.

The higher the number, the stronger is your agreement with that statement; 0 indicates NEVER, and 10 indicates you ALWAYS exhibit that behavior. There is no right or wrong answer.

1. I use quiet time (prayer, meditation, etc.) to reflect and find meaning for my life.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

2. I have the mental courage to pursue the goals I set.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

3. I have the moral courage to pursue the goals I set.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

4. I incorporate my religious beliefs in my professional undertakings.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

5. I seek out new ways to look at old things.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

6. I see a future that is full of possibilities.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

7. I am willing to make/have made decisions, based on a hunch.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

8. I believe in the created equality of all people.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

9. I am not afraid to be firm, but loving, in addressing issues.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

10. I pay attention to whatever thoughts flash across my mind and whatever cues my body gives me.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

11. I allow 'common sense' to override policy, when it is the right thing to do.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

12. I am willing to accept uncertainty.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

13. I understand my emotions.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

14. Principles of my faith guide me.
 
  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10
Never Sometimes Always

The questions below are designed to help us build a data set of scores that will let people in the future see how their individual scores compare with the general population. We will update the site with the normative data after we receive 1000 scores for the DPI.

A. Gender
  1. Male
2. Female
 
B. Age: (as one whole number)
 
C. Ethnicity
  1. Caucasian
2. Black (e.g. African-American, Caribbean etc.)
3. Asian/Pacific Islander
4. Hispanic
5. Native American
6. Other
 
D. Academic accomplishment
  1. High School
2. Associates Degree
3. Some College; no degree
4. College degree (e.g. B.A., B.Sc.)
5. Some Grad. School; no degree
6. Graduate degree (e.g. M.A., M.Sc., M. Div., J.D.)
7. Doctorate (e.g. M.D., Ed. D., Ph. D.)
 
E. Religious affiliation
  1. Buddhism
2. Christianity
3. Hinduism
4. Islam
5. Judaism
6. None
7. Other
 
F. Total years in a leadership position: (as one whole number)
 
G. Geographic location
  1. Europe
2. Asia
3. North America (US & Canada)
4. South America
5. Caribbean
6. Africa
7. Australia
8. Other