Upward Self-Revision : Constructing Possible Selves

  title={Upward Self-Revision : Constructing Possible Selves},
  author={Patrick J. Carroll},
This research examined how and when people engage in upward self-revision to embrace new possible selves in response to social validation. First, the present study (n1⁄4 67) predicted and found that upward self-revision was more likely to occur when validations fully specify the meaning of the positive discrepancy between the desired self and the alternative self into the explicit prospect of the desired self as more likely to occur. Second, initial elevations in self-confidence mediated the… CONTINUE READING

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