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Self-Enhancement Theory

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

Self-knowledge is fundamental for developing a sense of the self. Regardless of the accuracy of this self-knowledge, it influences one's perceptions of the self, as well as one's interactions with others. One way of learning about the self is through the evaluations and feedback that one receives from others. Self-enhancement theory is based on various personality theories and suggests that people have a basic drive to perceive the self positively and receive positive evaluations from others. One's ...

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