The role of uncertain self-esteem in self-handicapping.

  title={The role of uncertain self-esteem in self-handicapping.},
  author={Reid N. Harris and Charles R. Snyder},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={51 2},
In this article, the hypothesis that some individuals confronted with an intellectual evaluation use a lack of preparation as a "self-handicapping" strategy (Jones & Berglas, 1978) was studied. Sex and both level and certainty of self-esteem were examined in regard to the self-handicapping strategy of lack of effort. Subjects were 54 men and 54 women, certain and uncertain, high and low self-esteem college students, who believed that the experiment was designed to update local norms for a… CONTINUE READING

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