Agreeable fancy or disagreeable truth? Reconciling self-enhancement and self-verification.

@article{Swann1989AgreeableFO,
  title={Agreeable fancy or disagreeable truth? Reconciling self-enhancement and self-verification.},
  author={William B. Swann and Brett W. Pelham and Douglas S. Krull},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1989},
  volume={57 5},
  pages={782-91}
}
Three studies asked why people sometimes seek positive feedback (self-enhance) and sometimes seek subjectively accurate feedback (self-verify). Consistent with self-enhancement theory, people with low self-esteem as well as those with high self-esteem indicated that they preferred feedback pertaining to their positive rather than negative self-views. Consistent with self-verification theory, the very people who sought favorable feedback pertaining to their positive self-conceptions sought… CONTINUE READING