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

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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.

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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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Published date: 1 July 2008
Keywords: self-enhancement, culture, self, mental health, motivation


Local EPrints ID: 63099
ISSN: 0022-0221
PURE UUID: b9663d53-d926-49b5-8a7c-c7b8c5ee87f6

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:19

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Author: C. Sedikides
Author: L. Gaertner
Author: K. Chang

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