Self-discrepancy: a theory relating self and affect.

@article{Higgins1987SelfdiscrepancyAT,
  title={Self-discrepancy: a theory relating self and affect.},
  author={E. Higgins},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={1987},
  volume={94 3},
  pages={
          319-40
        }
}
  • E. Higgins
  • Published 1987
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological review
This article presents a theory of how different types of discrepancies between self-state representations are related to different kinds of emotional vulnerabilities. One domain of the self (actual; ideal; ought) and one standpoint on the self (own; significant other) constitute each type of self-state representation. It is proposed that different types of self-discrepancies represent different types of negative psychological situations that are associated with different kinds of discomfort… Expand
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