Creating hostility and conflict: Effects of entitlement and self-image goals

S.J. Moeller, J. Crocker, B.J. Bushman

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People who feel entitled to admiration and respect from others do not make good companions. This research shows one reason why. Entitled people adopt self-image goals (goals that aim to construct and defend a positive self-image), which then lead to interpersonal conflict and hostility. Studies 1A and 1B documented a unique relation between entitlement and self-image goals. Study 2 extended these results by showing, via a longitudinal design, that entitlement prospectively predicts chronic self-image goals. These chronic self-image goals then predict chronic relationship conflict and hostility, all averaged over 10 weeks. Further, Study 2 revealed that self-image goals mediate the effect of pretest entitlement on both weekly hostility and conflict. These results suggest that by pursuing self-image goals, entitled people create conflict and hostility in their relationships. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-452
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Moeller, S.J. ; Crocker, J. ; Bushman, B.J. / Creating hostility and conflict: Effects of entitlement and self-image goals. In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 2009 ; Vol. 45, No. 2. pp. 448-452.
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Creating hostility and conflict: Effects of entitlement and self-image goals. / Moeller, S.J.; Crocker, J.; Bushman, B.J.

In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2009, p. 448-452.

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