The Ardell Real Wellness Self-Assessment – The Reason Dimension

by Bitley Shawn
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This self-assessment instrument is intended to approximate your knowledge, attitude and practice of Reason, one of four REAL wellness dimensions. Three other self-assessment instruments serve the same function for the dimensions of Exuberance, Athleticism and Liberty.

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REAL is an acronym for the four dimensions of REAL wellness. R is for Reason, the first of the four dimensions of this concept. The other three are Exuberance, Athleticism and Liberty. Only the Reason dimension is addressed in this section of the overall REAL Wellness Self-Assessment.

The purpose of the four self-assessments is to enable you to become familiar with and more committed to a REAL wellness mindset/lifestyle. The overall goal is a philosophy and set of mental habits guided by reason, inspired by exuberance, supported with athleticism and enriched by increased personal liberties.

Each statement is prefaced by a background commentary. Upon completion of ratings for the ten statements, an interpretative commentary is provided based upon your cumulative score. A selection of Reason-focused books are included as recommended readings.


The Reason self-assessment, contains ten statements. You are asked to choose a number from one to five that reflects the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement. If you strongly believe that your thinking or situation aligns with the statement, place the number 5 as your answer choice in the space provided. If you strongly disagree, enter the number 1.

These are the two extreme positions.

The middle number 3 represents a neutral position, indicating that you are not sure where you fit or take a middle ground position for this statement.

The numbers 2 and 4 should be selected to express a modest alignment favoring one side or the other along the five-part continuum. The number 2 would reflect mild disagreement; 4 mild agreement with the statement.


This instrument is not intended as a competition, but rather for purposes of a personal self-assessment. Therefore, please be scrupulously frank with your self-assessment ratings.

The value of the assessment will be in the degree to which your score accurately represents your thinking. The cumulative score of point totals for all ten statements will determine the feedback provided. The feedback category should be valuable for guiding positive adjustments, if needed and desired.

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