ERIC Number: ED166591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Self-Evaluative Reactions: The Role of Personal Valuation of the Activity.
Simon, Karen M.
The differential activation of self-evaluative reactions to performance attainments on tasks varying on their relevance for subjects' sense of personal adequacy was investigated. All subjects (N=97) spoke extemporaneously on prescribed topics and received the same random sequence of performance scores. The same task was designated as assessing cognitive and analytic abilities for one group and reflexive conditioning for another. Subjects received a range of scores and their self-approving, neutral, and self-critical reactions to their performance attainments were recorded. Subjects in the analytic task condition were more self-approving for high performance attainments and more self-derogating for low attainments than were subjects in the reflexive task condition. Furthermore, unlike the analytic subjects, reflexive subjects did not react self-critically, on the average, for even the lowest performance levels. The results support the prediction that self-evaluative consequences are selectively applied depending upon the relevance of the task for subjects' sense of personal adequacy. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
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