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

@article{Lockwood1997SuperstarsAM,
  title={Superstars and me : Predicting the impact of role models on the self},
  author={P. Lockwood and Z. Kunda},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  year={1997},
  volume={73},
  pages={91-103}
}
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… Expand

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