Positive intelligence illusions: on the relation between intellectual self-enhancement and psychological adjustment


Dufner, Michael, Denissen, Jaap J.A., Van Zalk, Maarten, Matthes, Benjamin, van Aken, Marcel A.G, Sedikides, Constantine and Meeus, Wim H.J. (2012) Positive intelligence illusions: on the relation between intellectual self-enhancement and psychological adjustment Journal of Personality, 80, (3), pp. 537-572. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00742.x).

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The relation between self-enhancement and psychological adjustment has been debated for over 2 decades. This controversy is partly due to the variety of approaches implicated in the assessment of mainly self-enhancement but also psychological adjustment. We adopted a face-valid approach by statistically removing actual intellectual ability variance from self-rated intellectual ability variance. Study 1 (N? =?2,048), a concurrent Internet investigation, provided initial insight into the relation between intellectual self-enhancement and psychological adjustment. Study 2 (N?=?238), a longitudinal round-robin investigation, allowed a closer examination of the dynamic processes underlying this relation. Self-enhancement was positively linked to multiple indicators of intrapersonal and interpersonal adjustment, and predicted rank-order increases in adjustment over time. The links between intellectual self-enhancement and intrapersonal adjustment were mediated by self-esteem. Finally, the interpersonal costs and benefits of self-enhancement systematically varied depending on methodology

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00742.x
ISSNs: 0022-3506 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 339819
Date :
Date Event
26 April 2012e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:02
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/339819

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