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  • By: Amber M. Gaffney
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Self-assessment, or the desire to know the truth about oneself, is one of four self-evaluation motives that pervade the study of the self. Self-assessment is characterized by a motivation to accurately evaluate one's self or self-concept. A key feature of this motive that distinguishes it from other self-evaluation motives (i.e., self-enhancement, self-verification, and self-improvement) is that people desire to accurately evaluate themselves, sometimes at the risk of learning information that is negative with respect to their abilities. ...

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