The self-comparison process and self-discrepant feedback: consequences of learning you are what you thought you were not.

@article{Eisenstadt1994TheSP,
  title={The self-comparison process and self-discrepant feedback: consequences of learning you are what you thought you were not.},
  author={Donna Eisenstadt and Michael R Leippe},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1994},
  volume={67 4},
  pages={611-26}
}
In 4 experiments, college students received bogus personality-test feedback that they possessed an actual-self, ideal-self (desired but unpossessed), or rejected-self (unwanted and unpossessed) trait. When the test had low credibility, rejected-self feedback produced positive mood (PM), whereas ideal-self feedback produced negative mood (NM). Self-comparison of the feedback with self-representations apparently revealed the falsity of the feedback, making salient Ss' virtues or shortcomings. The… CONTINUE READING