Scales of Meta-Mood

Meta-mood  is our term for a person's reflective, introspective mental experience of their own ongoing mood states. Two scales were developed to measure meta-mood experence: One for and ongoing at-the-moment mood state (the "state" scale) and one for a person's longer-term experience of their moods. Scales to assess both kinds of experiences can be found below. 

The State Meta-Mood Scale

If you are interested in the State Meta-Mood Scale, you may wish to refer to this article, which introduced the scale and described it in detail. You also can obtain a copy of the scale here: State Meta-Mood Scale.

The Trait Meta-Mood Scale (English Language version and Original Report)

If you are interested in the Trait Meta-Mood Scale, please refer to the test items listed in the appendix of this article: Meta-Mood Scale. (Please note that  we no longer have handy a copy of the formatted Trait Meta-Mood Scale available in English.  To score the scale, please follow the guidance provided in the appendix.  There you will find which of the three subscales each item is a component of, and whether the item is reverse scored. If there is nothing indicated after the item, it was not a part of any of the final scales, and can be treated as an unscored “filler” item. 

The Trait Meta-Mood Scale in Translation

Our colleagues have been kind enough to translate the Trait Meta-Mood Scale into several languages. These versions are posted here including:


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