Seminar for the Department of Psychology location:University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida date:13 November 2009
Most individuals self-enhance in that they think they are superior to others. These self-superiority beliefs may manifest themselves in self-descriptions. The studies reported in this seminar examined how observers respond to other individuals’ self-superiority claims and why they respond the way they do. They showed that people dislike self-superiority claims whereas they respond positively to non-comparative positive self-descriptions, other-superiority claims and temporal intra-individual comparisons. Various potential explanations are addressed along with theoretical, practical and methodological implications for person perception, impression management, and interpersonal consequences of self-superiority beliefs.