Global self-esteem and the processing of positive information about the self

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Abstract

We examined undergraduate participants' (N = 98) self-related cognitive response to positive information about the self and how this response is related to global self-esteem and trait anxiety. Positive information about the self was defined as information that attributes positive qualities to the self or positive experiences for the self. The responses were measured by an open-ended questionnaire containing 12 scenarios. Self-esteem correlated positively with positive self-verification and self-focused positive construal of the event, and negatively with negative self-verification and self-focused negative construal of the event. All the four forms of self-focused cognitive responses made unique contributions to the prediction of self-esteem.Mediational analysis suggested that self-focused negative construal of positive information about the self might partially account for the link between self-esteem and trait anxiety. The findings in this study underscore the importance of studying cognitive responses to positive events for understanding individual differences in self-esteem and trait anxiety.

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Authors
  • Maria Danielsson
  • Hans Bengtsson
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Keywords

  • Feedback, Information, Processing, Self-esteem, Success
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume99
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes