Title: Hey, you've got to hide your pride away: Responses to downward comparison
Authors: Hoorens, Vera
Pandelaere, Mario
Oldersma, Frans
Lyssens, Joachim #
Issue Date: Jun-2002
Conference: General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology edition:13 location:San Sebastian date:26-29 June 2002
Abstract: People’s responses to another individual engaging in overt
downward comparison were examined. Participants were confronted with various types of comparative and non-comparative self-descriptions and were asked to describe
the person who had provided them along with his or her
self-view and his or her view upon others. Participants
responded more negatively to a peer describing him- or herself as superior to others than to a peer engaging in a non-comparative positive self-description, a positive self-description implying self-other similarity, or a self-description implying other people’s superiority. They also responded more favorably to positively rather than negatively framed upward and downward comparisons. The main determinant of responses to other people’s comparative self-descriptions seems to be the positivity of the view upon others that they imply. Implications for the consequences of openly shown positive self-views are discussed.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
Leuven School for Mass Communication Research
# (joint) last author

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