Self-affirmations provide a broader perspective on self-threat.

@article{Critcher2015SelfaffirmationsPA,
  title={Self-affirmations provide a broader perspective on self-threat.},
  author={Clayton Roger Critcher and D. Covalt Dunning},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2015},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={3-18}
}
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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