Taking on board liability-focused information: Close positive relationships as a self-bolstering resource

M. Kumashiro, C. Sedikides

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    Abstract

    Do close positive relationships function as a self-bolstering resource, armoring the self against potentially threatening information? After taking a difficult and important intellectual ability test, participants visualized a relationship that was close positive, close negative, or neutral (Experiment 1) or a relationship that was close positive, close negative, distant positive, or distant negative (Experiment 2). All participants received bogus unfavorable feedback about their performance and subsequently indicated their interest in obtaining further liability-focused information about the performance domain and the underlying intellectual ability. Participants who visualized close positive relationships expressed the highest interest in receiving such information, despite rating it as unpleasant. State self-esteem and mood did not account for this effect, although warm affect for the relational partner did. Close positive relationships function as a psychological resource that bolsters the self against feedback about a newly discovered liability to the point where receptivity to additional liability-relevant information actually increases. Copyright © 2005 American Psychological Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)732-739
    Number of pages8
    JournalPsychological Science
    Volume16
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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