Relationships and Self Evaluation: An Exploration of Relational Schemas on the Self
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Criminology Honors Theses; 2010
The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2010
The present research examines the influence of a supraliminal prime of a "significant other" on an individual’s self evaluation (including self doubt and self esteem). The general hypothesis is that people primed with a cold rather than a warm other, would show declines in self evaluation. Further, participants high in self doubt were expected to show steeper declines in self evaluation than their low self doubt counterparts. Findings revealed that state self esteem declined with exposure to the cold significant other. Similarly, self doubt was highest when an individual was primed with a cold rather than the warm significant other. These results were discussed in the context of social comparison processes and the impact on self-evaluation.
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