It feels like yesterday: self-esteem, valence of personal past experiences, and judgments of subjective distance.

@article{Ross2002ItFL,
  title={It feels like yesterday: self-esteem, valence of personal past experiences, and judgments of subjective distance.},
  author={Michael L. Ross and Anne E. Wilson},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2002},
  volume={82 5},
  pages={792-803}
}
Supporting predictions from temporal self-appraisal theory, participants in 3 studies reported feeling farther from former selves and experiences with unfavorable implications for their current self-view than from equally distant selves and experiences with flattering implications. This distancing bias occurred when assignment to negative and positive pasts was random, for both achievement and social outcomes and for single episodes as well as longer term experiences. Consistent with a… CONTINUE READING
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