Magazine article Psychology Today

I Could Be Worse

Magazine article Psychology Today

I Could Be Worse

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IT CAN BE PAINFUL to think about attributes you're not proud of: Who wants to dwell on low self-confidence or a bad temper? New research suggests that even people who openly scrutinize their flaws take subtle measures to cushion themselves against blows to their egos.

In a study reported in the journal Self and Identity, college students who reflected on their worst characteristics guessed that the faults were more pronounced in themselves than in others-but they predicted that they would improve more than others in the next five years. Similarly, respondents who detailed the worst things they had ever done to another person (which included cheating on a partner and bullying) judged themselves less likely to repeat the deeds than did outside observers who read about the acts. …

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