ERIC Number: ED225084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Promises and Self-Focused Attention.
Making a promise involves a self-conscious, self-commitment to undertake an obligation in the future and involves a personal sense of control. To study promises and self-focused attention, 72 women completed measures of self-focused attention and locus of control, a questionnaire, and were asked to promise to return postcards. As predicted, women's self-reports of attention focused on the self were positively and significantly correlated with the subjectivity of their reported moral judgments of promise-making and promise-breaking. In addition, women high in self-consciousness were low in reported self-confidence in their abilities to keep a promise. The predicted relationship of self-consciousness and estimates of others' promise-keeping was also negative. The findings suggest that self-focused attention or self-awareness is related to the domain of promises, an important and morally central human concern. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Promises; Self Awareness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).