The psychology of change: self-affirmation and social psychological intervention.

@article{Cohen2014ThePO,
  title={The psychology of change: self-affirmation and social psychological intervention.},
  author={Geoffrey L. Cohen and David K. Sherman},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={65},
  pages={
          333-71
        }
}
People have a basic need to maintain the integrity of the self, a global sense of personal adequacy. Events that threaten self-integrity arouse stress and self-protective defenses that can hamper performance and growth. However, an intervention known as self-affirmation can curb these negative outcomes. Self-affirmation interventions typically have people write about core personal values. The interventions bring about a more expansive view of the self and its resources, weakening the… Expand

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