Quantifying self-motives: functional links between dispositional desires

Gregg, Aiden P., Hepper, Erica G. and Sedikides, Constantine (2011) Quantifying self-motives: functional links between dispositional desires European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, (7), pp. 840-852. (doi:10.1002/ejsp.827).


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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
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/ejsp.827
ISSNs: 0046-2772 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 183853
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Date Event
13 May 2011Accepted/In Press
11 July 2011e-pub ahead of print
December 2011Published
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 12:50
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 02:21
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/183853

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