When does introspection bear fruit? Self-reflection, self-insight, and interpersonal choices.

@article{Hixon1993WhenDI,
  title={When does introspection bear fruit? Self-reflection, self-insight, and interpersonal choices.},
  author={J. Gregory Hixon and William B. Swann},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1993},
  volume={64 1},
  pages={
          35-43
        }
}
Whereas earlier research suggests that the fruits of introspection may promote error and misperception, this research suggests that thinking about the self may sometimes foster self-insight. Participants who had opportunity to reflect on themselves were particularly inclined to display self-insight by (a) rating feedback that confirmed their self-views as self-descriptive (Experiments 1 and 3), (b) rating themselves in ways that matched their friends' appraisals of them (Experiment 2), and (c… 

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