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Unformatted text preview: think we are unique • Donation money, achieving honors Egocentric bias – we exaggerate our own contributions to shared activities • When husbands and wives estimated how often each did the chores, their % added up to more than 100% o Defensive attributions – explanations for behavior/outcomes that avoid feelings of vulnerability Unrealistic optimism – good things more likely for self than others • College students//future • Heroin users//likelihood of overdosing • Gamblers//winning the lottery • Motorcyclists// likelihood of injury • Abused women//risk they take returning to live with abuser Belief in a just world – bad things happen to bad ppl and good things happen to good ppl • The belief in a just world can lead to blaming the victim for his or her misfortunes. This keeps anxious thought about one’s own safety at bay/ • That would never happen to me...
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- Fall '08