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Overly positive self-evaluations and personality: negative implications for mental health.

Authors
  • Colvin, C R
  • Block, J
  • Funder, D C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of personality and social psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1995
Volume
68
Issue
6
Pages
1152–1162
Identifiers
PMID: 7608859
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The relation between overly positive self-evaluations and psychological adjustment was examined. Three studies, two based on longitudinal data and another on laboratory data, contrasted self-descriptions of personality with observer ratings (trained examiners or friends) to index self-enhancement. In the longitudinal studies, self-enhancement was associated with poor social skills and psychological maladjustment 5 years before and 5 years after the assessment of self-enhancement. In the laboratory study, individuals who exhibited a tendency to self-enhance displayed behaviors, independently judged, that seemed detrimental to positive social interaction. These results indicate there are negative short-term and long-term consequences for individuals who self-enhance and, contrary to some prior formulations, imply that accurate appraisals of self and of the social environment may be essential elements of mental health.

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