Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 33–45 | Cite as

The interrelationships of self-monitoring factors, personality traits, and nonverbal social skills

  • Ronald E. Riggio
  • Howard S. Friedman


Following recent developments concerning individual differences in nonverbal social skills, the present study examined the inter-relationships of several standardized measures of nonverbal skills and personality. Particular attention was given to the concept of self-monitoring, thought to be a skill central to social interaction. Based on previous research which suggested that self-monitoring, as measured by the Self-Monitoring Scale (SMS), is a multidimensional construct, it was hypothesized that self-monitoring may actually be comprised of a number of more basic social skills. Correlations between standardized measures of basic social skills and three factors obtained from factor analysis of the SMS (Briggs, Cheek, & Buss, 1980) supported this conception. The elements of self-monitoring appear to be “charisma,” “performance,” and “social sensitivity.”


Social Interaction Individual Difference Social Psychology Personality Trait Social Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald E. Riggio
    • 1
  • Howard S. Friedman
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFullerton

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