On pancultural self-enhancement: well-adjusted Taiwanese self-enhance on personally-valued traits


Sedikides, C., Gaertner, L. and Chang, K. (2008) On pancultural self-enhancement: well-adjusted Taiwanese self-enhance on personally-valued traits Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 39, (4), pp. 463-477. (doi:10.1177/0022022108318431).

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Taiwanese participants made better-than-average judgments on collectivistic and individualistic traits, evaluated the personal importance of those traits, and completed measures of psychological adjustment (depression, perceived stress, subjective well-being, and satisfaction with life). Replicating findings from other East Asian samples, participants self-enhanced (i.e., regarded the self as superior to peers) more on collectivistic than individualistic attributes and assigned higher personal importance to the former than the latter. Moreover, better adjusted participants manifested a stronger tendency to self-enhance on personally important attributes. These data are consistent with the view that self-enhancement is a universal human motive that is expressed tactically and at odds with the assertion that self-enhancement is a uniquely Western phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0022022108318431
ISSNs: 0022-0221 (print)
Keywords: self-enhancement, culture, self, mental health, motivation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 63099
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1 July 2008Published
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:27
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63099

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