ERIC Number: ED237862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Stability and Change in Others and Self.
Research in the area of person perception has been dominated by the assumption that people seek stable trait information and view others as highly consistent. To examine whether perceivers would have difficulty in thinking of ways that people have changed, and in reporting instances of such change, 120 college students were asked to complete short essays in which they reported areas of constancy and of change in their best friends and in themselves. Results showed change judgments were equally as frequent as judgments of sameness, and this was true in judging others as well as self. Overall, the most frequent reference was to trait attributes, which accounted for 40 percent of all judgments. Such judgments were significantly more likely when describing areas of constancy rather than change, and when describing a friend rather than self. Subjects were more likely to refer to constancy in interests, and more likely to refer to changes in goals and maturation than to constancy in this area. The results provide clear evidence of the richness and diversity of intuitive judgments of change in persons. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Person Perception; Stability (Personal)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).