Superstars and me : Predicting the impact of role models on the self

  title={Superstars and me : Predicting the impact of role models on the self},
  author={Penelope Lockwood and Ziva Kunda},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  • P. Lockwood, Z. Kunda
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
The authors propose that superstars are most likely to affect self-views when they are considered relevant. Relevant superstars provoke self-enhancement and inspiration when their success seems attainable but self-deflation when it seems unattainable. Participants' self-views were affected only when the star's domain of excellence was self-relevant. Relevant stars provoked self-enhancement and inspiration when their success seemed attainable in that participants either still had enough time to… 

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