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To belong or to self-enhance? Motivational bases for choosing interaction partners

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Date Issued:
1999
Title: To belong or to self-enhance? Motivational bases for choosing interaction partners.
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Name(s): Rudich, Eric A., creator
Vallacher, Robin R., creator
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 1999
Publisher: Sage
Physical Description: text/pdf[19p]
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2796512 (digitool), FADT2796512 (IID), fau:2648 (fedora), 10.1177/0146167299259005 (doi)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): The present research investigated motives for choosing interaction partners in people with varying levels of self-esteem. The authors predicted that high self-esteem individuals would choose to interact with someone who provided positive feedback about their personalities, regardless of his or her interest in forming a relationship, whereas those with low self-esteem would choose to interact with someone who expressed interest in forming a relationship, regardless of his or her assessment of their personalities. In four studies, participants were asked to choose between two interaction partners who provided feedback that included different combinations of acceptance and positivity. Results supported the authors’ prediction. Discussion addressed the hierarchical nature of social motivation and the seemingly paradoxical interaction preferences of low self-esteem individuals.
The final definitve version of this paper has been published by Sage and is available online at http://psp.sagepub.com/content/25/11/1387.full.pdf+html It may be cited as Rudich, Eric A., and Robin R. Vallacher (1999) To belong or to Self-Enhance? Motivational Bases for Choosing Interaction Partners, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 25(11):1389-1406 doi: 10.1177/0146167299259005
Subject(s): Self-esteem.
Motivation (Psychology).
Social interaction.
Social psychology.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/2796512
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167299259005
Restrictions on Access: ©1999 by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc.
Host Institution: FAU

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