Intention Check

Use an Intention Check to clarify the purpose of your own or another’s behavior. Use it when you expect current behavior to result in other than a positive outcome. Intention Check assesses the integrity of your own and another’s intention in a given case.


  1. Ask the person whose intention you want to know “What is your/my intention with X?”, where X equals some type of actual or pending behavior.
  2. If it would be helpful, ask “What response or behavior did you want from whom as a result of X?”