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Social Inequality and the Reduction of Ideological Dissonance on Behalf of the System: Evidence of Enhanced System Justification among the Disadvantaged
According to system justification theory, people are motivated to preserve the belief that existing social arrangements are fair, legitimate, and justifiable (Jost & Banaji, 1994). The strongest form
On cognitive busyness: When person perceivers meet persons perceived.
Person perception includes three sequential processes: categorization (what is the actor doing?), characterization (what trait does the action imply?), and correction (what situational constraints
From self-conceptions to self-worth: on the sources and structure of global self-esteem.
Three factors were identified that uniquely contribute to people's global self-esteem: (a) people's tendencies to experience positive and negative affective states, (b) people's specific self-views
On confidence and consequence: the certainty and importance of self-knowledge.
  • B. Pelham
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 April 1991
The implications of belief investment for the verification-enhancement debate and for the structure and measurement of the self-concept are discussed.
The Easy Path From Many To Much: the Numerosity Heuristic
Abstract People are especially sensitive to numerosity as a cue for judging quantity or probability. That is, people sometimes judge amount or likelihood on the basis of the number of units into
Allure of negative feedback: self-verification strivings among depressed persons.
It seems a desire for self-verification compels people with negative self-views to seek unfavorable appraisals, although receiving such feedback made them unhappy, in comparison with people with positiveSelf-views.
How do I love thee? Let me count the Js: implicit egotism and interpersonal attraction.
It is shown that people are disproportionately likely to marry others whose first or last names resemble their own, and that participants were more attracted to people whose arbitrary experimental code numbers resembled their own birthday numbers.
Name letter preferences are not merely mere exposure: Implicit egotism as self-regulation.
People prefer the letters in their own names to letters that are not in their own names. Furthermore, people prefer the numbers in their own birthdays to numbers not in their own birthdays. In this
Agreeable fancy or disagreeable truth? Reconciling self-enhancement and self-verification.
Whether people self-enhance or self-verify seems to be determined by the positivity of the relevant self-conceptions rather than their level of self-esteem or the type of person they are.