Punishing hubris: the perils of overestimating one's status in a group.

@article{Anderson2008PunishingHT,
  title={Punishing hubris: the perils of overestimating one's status in a group.},
  author={Cameron Anderson and Daniel R. Ames and Samuel D. Gosling},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2008},
  volume={34 1},
  pages={90-101}
}
Individuals engage in status self-enhancement when they form an overly positive perception of their status in a group. We argue that status self-enhancement incurs social costs and, therefore, most individuals perceive their status accurately. In contrast, theories of positive illusions suggest status self-enhancement is beneficial for the individual and that most individuals overestimate their status. We found supportive evidence for our hypotheses in a social relations analysis of laboratory… CONTINUE READING

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