Positive illusions about the self: short-term benefits and long-term costs.

@article{Robins2001PositiveIA,
  title={Positive illusions about the self: short-term benefits and long-term costs.},
  author={Richard W. Robins and Jennifer S. Beer},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={80 2},
  pages={
          340-52
        }
}
  • R. Robins, J. Beer
  • Published 1 February 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Two studies addressed parallel questions about the correlates and consequences of self-enhancement bias. Study 1 was conducted in a laboratory context and examined self-enhancing evaluations of performance in a group-interaction task. Study 2 assessed students' illusory beliefs about their academic ability when they first entered college and then followed them longitudinally to test claims about the long-term benefits of positive illusions. Both studies showed that self-enhancement bias was… 

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