Compartmentalization of positive and negative self-knowledge: keeping bad apples out of the bunch.

@article{Showers1992CompartmentalizationOP,
  title={Compartmentalization of positive and negative self-knowledge: keeping bad apples out of the bunch.},
  author={Carolin J. Showers},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1992},
  volume={62 6},
  pages={1036-49}
}
Three studies examined whether categorical organization of knowledge about the self explains variance in self-esteem and depression beyond that which is accounted for by sheer amount of positive or negative content. Compartmentalization is the tendency to organize positive and negative knowledge about the self into separate, uniformly valenced categories (self-aspects). As long as positive self-aspects are activated, access to negative information should be minimized. Compartmentalization was… CONTINUE READING
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