Self-Enhancement: Food for Thought. Sedikides, C. & Gregg, A. P. Perspectives on Psychological Science: A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 3(2):102–116, March, 2008.
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Self-enhancement denotes a class of psychological phenomena that involve taking a tendentiously positive view of oneself. We distinguish between four levels of self-enhancement-an observed effect, an ongoing process, a personality trait, and an underlying motive-and then use these distinctions to organize the wealth of relevant research. Furthermore, to render these distinctions intuitive, we draw an extended analogy between self-enhancement and the phenomenon of eating. Among the topics we address are (a) manifestations of self-enhancement, both obvious and subtle, and rival interpretations; (b) experimentally documented dynamics of affirming and threatening the ego; and (c) primacy of self-enhancement, considered alongside other intrapsychic phenomena, and across different cultures. Self-enhancement, like eating, is a fundamental part of human nature.
@article{sedikides_self-enhancement_2008,
	title = {Self-{Enhancement}: {Food} for {Thought}},
	volume = {3},
	issn = {1745-6916},
	shorttitle = {Self-{Enhancement}},
	doi = {10.1111/j.1745-6916.2008.00068.x},
	abstract = {Self-enhancement denotes a class of psychological phenomena that involve taking a tendentiously positive view of oneself. We distinguish between four levels of self-enhancement-an observed effect, an ongoing process, a personality trait, and an underlying motive-and then use these distinctions to organize the wealth of relevant research. Furthermore, to render these distinctions intuitive, we draw an extended analogy between self-enhancement and the phenomenon of eating. Among the topics we address are (a) manifestations of self-enhancement, both obvious and subtle, and rival interpretations; (b) experimentally documented dynamics of affirming and threatening the ego; and (c) primacy of self-enhancement, considered alongside other intrapsychic phenomena, and across different cultures. Self-enhancement, like eating, is a fundamental part of human nature.},
	language = {eng},
	number = {2},
	journal = {Perspectives on Psychological Science: A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science},
	author = {Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P.},
	month = mar,
	year = {2008},
	pmid = {26158877},
	pages = {102--116},
}

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