Self-Esteem and Memory for Favorable and Unfavorable Personality Feedback

  title={Self-Esteem and Memory for Favorable and Unfavorable Personality Feedback},
  author={Amber L. Story},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={51 - 64}
  • A. Story
  • Published 1 January 1998
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
The accuracy of people's memories for personality feedback depends on their level of self-esteem and the favorability of that feedback. In two studies, participants were given feedback that was discrepant from their pretest self-ratings, in either a favorable or an unfavorable direction. Participants remembered feed-back more accurately when the valence of that feedback was congruent with their self-esteem. When the feedback was incongruent with their self-esteem, participants recalled it in a… 
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