Lecture 5 October 12, 2010 _The Relational Self_

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1 1 The Relational Self Lecture #5 October 12, 2010 2 Overview z Definitions z Activation of Relational Self z Models of the Relational Self Self-with-Other representations Relational schemas Relational-Interdependent self-construal Attachment models Inclusion-of-other in self z Consequences of possessing relational self Transference Self-Confidence Social Comparison 3 Definitions z Relational self = the self in relation to significant others z Significant others = actual individuals whom one knows, with whom one feels some degree of closeness, and usually with whom one shares a relationship that can be normatively or idiosyncratically labeled.
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2 4 Activation of the Relational Self z Relies on idea of working self- concept z Contextually activated z What is activated? Attribute and role-based conceptions of the self Positive and negative self- evaluations Goals and motives Self-regulatory strategies Behavioral tendencies “Fun Bobby” 5 Automatic Activation of Relational Self z Shah (2003): Subliminally primed subjects with words related to “Father” Had subject complete an anagram task Also rated: z Closeness to father z Father’s desire for them to have good analytic skills Found that Ss persistent longer at anagram task when: z Close to father z Father values analytic skills FEARFIG
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3 7 Self-with-Other Representations z “Who I am when I’m with .” z Clusters of attributes for particular significant others = self-with-other representations z Can be specific or general Self with Professor Pickett (specific) Self with Professors (general) 8 Relational Schemas (Baldwin, 1992) z Relational schema = schema for the self and significant other in the self- other relationship, linked by an interpersonal script.
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