Self-Enhancement: Food for Thought

  title={Self-Enhancement: Food for Thought},
  author={Constantine Sedikides and Aiden P. Gregg},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={102 - 116}
Self-enhancement denotes a class of psychological phenomena that involve taking a tendentiously positive view of oneself. We distinguish between four levels of self-enhancement—an observed effect, an ongoing process, a personality trait, and an underlying motive—and then use these distinctions to organize the wealth of relevant research. Furthermore, to render these distinctions intuitive, we draw an extended analogy between self-enhancement and the phenomenon of eating. Among the topics we… 

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