Does self-threat promote social connection? The role of self-esteem and contingencies of self-worth.

@article{Park2009DoesSP,
  title={Does self-threat promote social connection? The role of self-esteem and contingencies of self-worth.},
  author={Lora E. Park and Jon K. Maner},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={96 1},
  pages={203-17}
}
Six studies examined the social motivations of people with high self-esteem (HSE) and low self-esteem (LSE) following a threat to a domain of contingent self-worth. Whether people desired social contact following self-threat depended on an interaction between an individual's trait self-esteem and contingencies of self-worth. HSE participants who strongly based self-worth on appearance sought to connect with close others following a threat to their physical attractiveness. LSE participants who… CONTINUE READING