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Self-esteem regulation after success and failure to attain unconsciously activated goals

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Bongers, Karin C.A.; Dijksterhuis, Ap; Spears, Russell

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Abstract "People are motivated to establish and maintain a positive self-image. When people fail to attain their goals self-esteem is threatened, and this elicits the motivation to protect or repair self-esteem. We investigated whether success and failure to attain goals affects self-esteem if these goals were unconsciously activated. In three experiments, we tested and confirmed the hypothesis that self-esteem is indeed affected by success and failure to attain unconsciously activated goals. In two additional experiments, we demonstrated that people were motivated to protect or restore self-esteem after failure to attain an unconsciously activated achievement goal." [author's abstract]
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords self-esteem; unconscious goals; self-enhancement
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 468-477
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2009) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2008.12.007
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)