Self-Affirmations Provide a Broader Perspective on Self-Threat

  title={Self-Affirmations Provide a Broader Perspective on Self-Threat},
  author={Clayton R. Critcher and D. Dunning},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={18 - 3}
  • Clayton R. Critcher, D. Dunning
  • Published 2015
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • We present an “affirmation as perspective” model of how self-affirmations alleviate threat and defensiveness. Self-threats dominate the working self-concept, leading to a constricted self disproportionately influenced by the threat. Self-affirmations expand the size of the working self-concept, offering a broader perspective in which the threat appears more narrow and self-worth realigns with broader dispositional self-views (Experiment 1). Self-affirmed participants, relative to those not… CONTINUE READING
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