"All right. Rate your topic on a scale of Minus 10 to Plus 10 as it seems to you right at this moment."
|Minus (SUDS) scale||#|
|Feels unbearably bad, beside yourself, out of control as in a nervous breakdown, overwhelmed, at the end of your rope. You may feel so upset that you don't want to talk because you can't imagine how anyone could possibly understand your agitation.||-10|
|Feeling desperate. What most people call a 10 is actually a 9. Feeling extremely freaked out to the point that it almost feels unbearable and you are getting scared of what you might do. Feeling very, very bad, losing control of your emotions.||-9|
|Freaking out. The beginning of alienation.||-8|
|Starting to freak out, on the edge of some definitely bad feelings. You can maintain control with difficulty.||-7|
|Feeling bad to the point that you begin to think something ought to be done about the way you feel.||-6|
|Moderately upset, uncomfortable. Unpleasant feelings are still manageable with some effort.||-5|
|Somewhat upset to the point that you cannot easily ignore an unpleasant thought. You can handle it OK but don't feel good.||-4|
|Mildly upset. Worried, bothered to the point that you notice it.||-3|
|A little bit upset, but not noticeable unless you took care to pay attention to your feelings and then realize, "yes" there is something bothering me.||-2|
|No acute distress and feeling basically good. If you took special effort you might feel something unpleasant but not much.||-1|
|Relief. No more anxiety of any kind about any particular issue.||0|
Negative section (SUDS)
The scale from -1 to -10 is taken directly from the Wikipedia SUDS (Subjective Units of Disturbance/Distress Scale) article.
There is no hard and fast rule by which a patient can self assign a SUDS rating to his or her disturbance or distress, hence the name subjective.
Two guidelines are:
• The intensity recorded must be as it is experienced now.
• Constriction or congestion or tensing of body parts indicates a higher SUDS than that reported.
Positive section (SUSHI)
There is no Plus scale in Wikipedia. All the positive points are smushed into the one point that scores "0" and says:
Peace, serenity, total relief. No more anxiety of any kind about any particular issue.
A Subjective Units of Experience scale was suggested in 2011 which goes from -10 to +10, but this seems to consist of merely a chart of the bare numbers with no description of any of the items, not even the negative ones.
So a Plus section of the scale has been created for Rub & Yawn sessions. SUSHI = Subjective Units of Session Harmony and Insight.