Sense of Power Scale

Sense of Power Scale

In my relationships with others …

  • I can get people to listen to what I say.
  • My wishes do not carry much weight.
  • I can get others to do what I want.
  • Even if I voice them, my views have little sway.
  • I think I have a great deal of power.
  • My ideas and opinions are often ignored.
  • Even when I try, I am not able to get my way.
  • If I want to, I get to make the decisions.


Participants enter ratings on Likert-scales ranging from 1 = “disagree strongly” to 7 = “agree strongly.”  Items #2, #4, #6 and #7 are reverse-scored. Ratings are averaged to obtain a sense of power score.

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APA-Format Citation

Anderson, C., & Galinsky, A. D. (2006). Power, optimism, and risk‐taking. European journal of social psychology, 36(4), 511-536.

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