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Quantifying self-motives: Functional links between dispositional desires.

Gregg, A, Hepper, E and Sedikides, C (2011) Quantifying self-motives: Functional links between dispositional desires. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 (7). pp. 840-852.

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Previous research has sought to establish the existence, or gauge the relative strength, of key self-evaluation motives (i.e., self-enhancement, self-verification, self-assessment, self-improvement). Here, we attempted, across five samples, to quantify individual differences in self-motive strength, and explore their empirical ramifications. We devised brief self-report indices for each self-motive, and checked their factor structure, reliability, and validity. We found that self-enhancement covaried mainly with self-verification, and that self-assessment covaried mainly with self-improvement, thus validating key hypotheses regarding their functional links. Moreover, self-enhancement and self-verification covaried with positive personality traits, as well as with preferences for receiving positive feedback and perceptions of its accuracy. In sum, self-reported variations in dispositional self-motive strength form theoretically meaningful patterns.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Gregg, A
Hepper, E
Sedikides, C
Date : December 2011
DOI : 10.1002/ejsp.827
Uncontrolled Keywords : motives, self-enhancement, self-verification, self-assessment, self-improvement
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Jun 2013 15:27
Last Modified : 14 Nov 2013 15:23

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