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Self-Verification and Self-Aggressive Behavior

Title: Self-Verification and Self-Aggressive Behavior: The Negative Consequences of Receiving Positive Feedback.
Name(s): Teale, Nadia E., 1978-, author
Joiner, Thomas E., Jr., professor directing dissertation
Winegardner, Mark, university representative
Maner, Jon, committee member
Sachs-Ericsson, Natalie, committee member
Taylor, Jeanette, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Multiple studies of Self-Verification Theory (e.g. Swann, 1983) have documented people's tendency to seek out information consistent with strongly held self-views, even when negative. An aspect of self-verification that has received less attention concerns the ways in which people with low self-esteem respond to ambivalence associated with receiving positive (i.e. self-disconfirming) feedback. Preliminary evidence suggests that individuals with low self-esteem who receive positive feedback will take the first opportunity to re-assert negative self-views, though the means by which people may re-assert negative self-views have not been well elaborated. The present study sought to determine whether participants with low self-esteem (relative to those with high self-esteem) who undergo a threat to their self-views would utilize a laboratory analogue of self-aggression to re-assert negative self-views. Though findings did not conform to expectations, a pattern of findings arose suggesting a self-esteem by rejection sensitivity interaction as a predictor of higher self-aggression. Theoretical implications for this and other secondary findings are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1634 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Psychology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: June 29, 2010.
Keywords: Self-Verification, Self-Aggression
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Thomas E. Joiner, Jr., Professor Directing Dissertation; Mark Winegardner, University Representative; Jon Maner, Committee Member; Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, Committee Member; Jeanette Taylor, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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