Some affective consequences of social comparison and reflection processes: the pain and pleasure of being close.

@article{Tesser1988SomeAC,
  title={Some affective consequences of social comparison and reflection processes: the pain and pleasure of being close.},
  author={Abraham Campbell Tesser and Mike Millar and Joanna Moore},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1988},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={49-61}
}
A self-evaluation maintenance (SEM) model of social behavior was described. According to the comparison process, when another outperforms the self on a task high in relevance to the self, the closer the other the greater the threat to self-evaluation. According to the reflection process, when another outperforms the self on a task low in relevance to the self, the closer the other the greater the promise of augmentation to self-evaluation. Affect was assumed to reflect threats and promises to… CONTINUE READING

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