From chump to champ: people's appraisals of their earlier and present selves.

@article{Wilson2001FromCT,
  title={From chump to champ: people's appraisals of their earlier and present selves.},
  author={Anne E. Wilson and Michael Ross},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={80 4},
  pages={572-84}
}
The authors present and test a theory of temporal self-appraisal. According to the theory, people can maintain their typically favorable self-regard by disparaging their distant and complimenting their recent past selves. This pattern of appraisals should be stronger for more important attributes because of their greater impact on self-regard and stronger for self-ratings than for ratings of other people. Studies 1 and 2 demonstrated that participants are more critical of distant past selves… CONTINUE READING
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