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Mistake Rumination Scale

Perfectionistic individuals find it difficult to look beyond their mistakes, which can cause severe psychological distress. Here's a scientific scale to know if you're one of these people.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | December 17, 2023

The Mistake Rumination Scale, a psychological instrument designed to assess the tendency to dwell on and excessively analyze one's mistakes, offers a nuanced perspective on the interplay between cognition and emotional well-being. Developed by experts in the field of psychology, this scale unveils the frequency and intensity with which individuals engage in post-error rumination.

Our relationship with mistakes is complex, and the Mistake Rumination Scale explores the cognitive habits that either perpetuate negative emotions or pave the way for constructive learning and resilience. By understanding these cognitive processes, psychologists and researchers can gain a clearer picture of how individuals navigate setbacks, and how they might be able to cultivate a healthier mindset.

You can take this test here. Follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Indicate how much each statement describes you on a scale of 1 (Not At All) to 5 (All The Time).

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Flett, G. L., Nepon, T., Hewitt, P. L., Zaki-Azat, J., Rose, A. L., & Swiderski, K. (2020). The Mistake Rumination Scale: Development, Validation, and Utility of a Measure of Cognitive Perfectionism. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 38(1), 84-98.

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