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Connection to Humanity Quiz

Some people feel a strong sense of kinship with all members of humankind, no matter what differences or distances might exist between them; others have a tendency to keep those feelings closer to home.

Connection to Humanity Quiz The quiz below assesses how deeply you identify with all of humanity, independent of your identification with your country or community. It is a simplified, adapted version of a scale recently developed by Sam McFarland, Matthew Webb, and Derek Brown, psychologists at Western Kentucky University.

For the first 18 items, select the answer that best describes how you feel. There are no right or wrong answers, so please answer as honestly as possible. The last seven questions will be used by our research team to better understand how identification with humanity relates to factors like income level and political orientation.

When you're done, you'll get your score, along with ideas for increasing your feelings of connection to humankind. We'll report next month on what the scores suggest about the Greater Good community.

1. Sometimes people think of those who are not a part of their immediate family as “family.” To what degree do you think of the following 3 groups of people as “family”:

People in my community?

Sometimes people think of those who are not a part of their immediate family as “family.” To what degree do you think of the following 3 groups of people as “family?” People in my community.

2. Citizens of your country (e.g., Americans, Canadians)?

Citizens of your country (e.g., Americans, Canadians)?

3. All humans everywhere?

All humans everywhere?

4. How much do you identify with (that is, feel a part of, feel love toward, have concern for) each of the following 3 groups:

People in my community?

How much do you identify with (that is, feel a part of, feel love toward, have concern for) each of the following 3 groups: people in my community?

5. Citizens of your country?

Citizens of your country?

6. All humans everywhere?

All humans everywhere?

7. How much would you say you care (feel upset, want to help) when bad things happen to the following 3 groups:

People in my community?

How much would you say you care (feel upset, want to help) when bad things happen to the following 3 groups:

People in my community

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8. Citizens of your country?

Citizens of your country?

9. People anywhere in the world?

People anywhere in the world.

10. How much do you want to be:

A responsible citizen of your community?

How much do you want to be:

A responsible citizen of your community?

11. A responsible citizen of your country?

A responsible citizen of your country?

12. A responsible citizen of the world?

A responsible citizen of the world?

13. How much do you believe in:

Being loyal to your community?

How much do you believe in:

Being loyal to your community?

14. Being loyal to your country?

Being loyal to your country?

15. Being loyal to all mankind?

Being loyal to all mankind?

16. When they are in need, how much do you want to help:

People in my community?

When they are in need, how much do you want to help: People in my community?

17. Citizens of your country?

Citizens of your country?

18. People all over the world?

People all over the world?

19. What is your age?

What is your age?

20. What is your gender?

What is your gender?

21. How spiritual are you?

How spiritual are you?

22. Please provide your best estimate of your annual income (before taxes).

Please provide your best estimate of your annual income (before taxes).

23. Please select your ethnic background (if you identify with more than one ethnicity, select the one you identify with the most, or select multiethnic).

Please select your ethnic background (if you identify with more than one ethnicity, select the one you identify with the most, or select multiethnic).

24. How would you describe your political views?

How would you describe your political views?

25. What is your geographic location (in the U.S., unless otherwise indicated)?

What is your geographic location (in the U.S., unless otherwise indicated)?

Adapted from: McFarland, S., Webb, M., & Brown, D. (2012). “All humanity is my ingroup: A measure and studies of identification with all humanity.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(5), 830-853.

 

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