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Self-Verification

  • By: William B. Swann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Self-Verification Theory suggests that once people develop firmly held beliefs about themselves, they come to prefer that others see them as they see themselves. For example, just as those who see themselves as relatively dominant want others to see them as ...

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