I think I am doing great but I feel pretty bad about it: affective versus cognitive verbs and self-reports.

@article{Holtgraves2015ITI,
  title={I think I am doing great but I feel pretty bad about it: affective versus cognitive verbs and self-reports.},
  author={T. M. Holtgraves},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2015},
  volume={41 5},
  pages={677-86}
}
Four experiments were conducted to examine the effect of responding to self-report items framed with either a cognitive verb (think) or an affective verb (feel). Participants' open-ended self-descriptions were significantly more negative when they responded to a feel prompt than when they responded to a think prompt (Experiments 1 and 2). This effect persisted and influenced scores on a subsequent measure of self-esteem (Experiment 2). Substituting the verb think for feel in the Rosenberg self… CONTINUE READING
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