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Physiological and behavioral reactivity when one’s self-worth is staked on competence

Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 138-152
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Individual Differences Research
Volym: 9
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Individual Differences Association


Contingent self-esteem, where one’s self-value is staked on success and competence, is a particularly vulnerable disposition with impact on well-being. This study compared physiological and behavioral reactivity between individuals self-rated as high and low in competence based self-esteem (N = 61), in a performance situation. To assess reactivity we used a traditional overt measure of blood pressure and a novel, covert, measure of response force. The results show that high scorers in competence based self-esteem exhibited an overall pattern of stronger reactivity as indicated by higher blood pressure and response force as compared to low scorers.



  • Science General
  • Contingent self-esteem
  • competence
  • reactivity
  • blood pressure
  • response force


  • ISSN: 1541-745X

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