lecture4 social psych - Psychology 360: Introduction to...

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Psychology 360: Introduction to Social Psychology Dr. Stone, Fall 2007 Lecture #4 Self-Serving Biases 1. Self-Serving Biases Self-Enhancement Bias (SEB) : 1. What is it? Tendency for people to see themselves more positively then is objectively the case. 2. What purpose does it serve? Satisfies the need to perceive the self as matching standards for behavior SEB Influences: 1. social thinking: examples in the book 2. social relationships 2. Self-Serving Bias In Social Relationships Example : Outperformed by close friend on an exam 2 Possible Reactions: A. BIRG : Effect on self-esteem: basic in the reflected glory of your friend B. PBC : pale by comparison Effect on self-esteem: Which reaction is more likely? 1
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Task performance Other Closeness Task relevance to self Psychology 360: Introduction to Social Psychology Dr. Stone, Fall 2007 Self-evaluation Maintenance Theory (Tesser, 1988) Self-evaluation Maintenance Theory (Tesser, 1988) a. Reflection process = bask in the reflected glory of your friend task performance = low relationship closeness = high
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