Pride and prejudice: how feelings about the self influence judgments about others

C.E. Ashton-James, J.L. Tracy

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    The present research demonstrates that pride has divergent effects on prejudice, exacerbating or attenuating evaluative biases against stigmatized groups, depending on the form of pride experienced. Specifically, three experiments found that hubristic pride-associated with arrogance and self-aggrandizement-promotes prejudice and discrimination, whereas authentic pride-associated with self-confidence and accomplishment-promotes more positive attitudes toward outgroups and stigmatized individuals. Findings generalized to discriminatory judgments (Experiment 2) and were found to be mediated by empathic concern for the evaluative target. Together, these experiments suggest that pride may be a cause of everyday prejudice and discrimination but that these social consequences depend on whether hubristic or authentic pride is experienced, and the degree to which empathic concern is subsequently aroused. © 2012 by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)466-476
    JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
    Issue number4
    Early online date22 Nov 2011
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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