A Nondefensive Personality: Autonomy and Control as Moderators of Defensive Coping and Self-Handicapping

  title={A Nondefensive Personality: Autonomy and Control as Moderators of Defensive Coping and Self-Handicapping},
  author={Christopher Knee and Miron Zuckerman},
  journal={Journal of Research in Personality},
Abstract Previous work (Knee & Zuckerman, 1996) found that the combination of high autonomy and low control was associated with fewer self-enhancing attributions after success and fewer self-protective attributions after failure. The present research again found strong support for a synergistic effect of causality orientations on defensive behavior through a prospective examination of defensive coping strategies (e.g., denial, behavioral disengagement, and mental disengagement) and self… 

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