Chapter 11 - Chapter 11 Social Psychology The Self as a Social Object The self is different from other social objects because we know so much more

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Chapter 11: Social Psychology The Self as a Social Object The self is different from other social objects because we know so much more about ourselves than we do about others One important self-related variable is self-esteem -the degree to which we have positive or negative feelings about ourselves. It is good to feel good about oneself. Individuals with high self-esteem often possess a variety of positive illusion -favorable views of themselves that are not necessarily rooted in reality. o Individuals who tend to have positive illusions about themselves are psychologically healthier and more likely to be judged positively by others. Self-serving bias -refers to the tendency to take credit for our successes and to deny responsibility for our failures. o If you do well on a test-“I’m smart” or “I knew that stuff”-internal attributions o If you do poorly on a test-“the test was too hard”-external attributions Stereotype Threat Stereotypes can influence the members of stereotyped groups Stereotype threat -is an individual’s fast-acting, self-fulfilling fear of being judged based on a negative stereotype about his or her group. o
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2011 for the course PSYC 86-407 taught by Professor Vandellen during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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Chapter 11 - Chapter 11 Social Psychology The Self as a Social Object The self is different from other social objects because we know so much more

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