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Self-monitoring is how a person maintains their appearance Self-monitoring is the image a person creates for himself and the difference in their public and private identities Most people fall under one of two levels of self-monitoring high and low self-monitoring Mark Snyder is a professor of the Psychology department at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research on the two different levels High self-monitors and low self-monitors have different ideas of self High self-monitors control themselves around others in social settings These monitors are more interested in fitting in at the cost of losing their sense of self When in strange groups they tend to create encourage and maintain a smooth flow of conversation Snyder 40 They are generally leaders and organizers or their social circles They are attracted to brand names that will attract the respect of others The drawback that high self-monitors usually suffer from is losing their sense of ideas beliefs and intentions This creates contradictions between their attitudes and their actions Snyder 41 High self-monitors aim to please others in order to fit in On the other hand low self-monitors generally are true to themselves Their beliefs and actions tend to correspond to march to the beat of a different drummer A low self-monitor does not change himself in a situation in order to be accepted Their image of themselves is consistent and not easily changed They express what they think and feel rather than tailoring their behavior to fit the situation Snyder 37 Mark Snyder the author and Tom Monson attempted to research high and low self-monitors through demonstrations For one demonstration they brought a group of college students together for discussions Two video cameras were set up with the intention of later showing the tape to a psychology class A microphone monitor table and chairs was also set up in the room Another demonstration also brought a group of students together but in a different setting
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