help to create concrete structures eg academic progress becomes more concrete when observed by visible external measures
it forms basis for active programs to change behaviours
High self-monitors, can hinder the development of close relationships because they do not know how to turn off their outer directed behavioral orientation
high self-monitors, who are more popular and well-liked in public settings due to their ability to become what others desire, are less successful with likeability in private relationships because they also try to create desirable images for their partners instead of establishing true intimacy.
low self-monitors miss some of the nuances of social settings and human behaviors