A motivational analysis of defensive pessimism and self-handicapping.

  title={A motivational analysis of defensive pessimism and self-handicapping.},
  author={Andrew J Elliot and Marcy A. Church},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  volume={71 3},
Two studies examined motivational influences on and correlates of defensive pessimism and self-handicapping and investigated the relationship between these two cognitive strategies and performance attainment. The findings indicated that defensive pessimism and self-handicapping have similar motivational profiles, with the primary difference being that self-handicapping represents the absence of approach motivation in the achievement domain, as well as the presence of avoidance motivation. Self… CONTINUE READING
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