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Lecture 9 - Psych 135 Lecture 9 Social Comparison How do we...

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Psych 135 – Lecture 9 Social Comparison How do we know what kind of person we are and how good we are at different things? We compare ourselves to others to find out where we stand BUT, we choose our standard of comparison or reference point o The whole game is in who we choose o Like choosing definition of ‘friend’ We think the comparison is reasonable but it may not be o Reasonable person standard. We think we are reasonable. Social comparison allows us to LEARN about ourselves or FEEL GOOD about ourselves (but rarely both) o Hypoth. 5: Accuracy and likability motives Social Comparison Upward comparisons to someone better Downward comparisons to someone worse Emotional consequences o Downward comparisons make us feel good o Upward comparisons make us feel bad Cognitive consequences o Upward comparisons more informative What are they doing differently/better than me? As a tennis player, looking at someone worse than you will let you sit back and laugh at what they cannot do. This will not improve you as a tennis player. If you watch the best tennis players, you may feel worse but I can learn from what they do that I do not do. Who would you rather see do well? a friend or a stranger? o more people say they would like a friend do well. Basking in reflected glory
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