Introduction. Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection: Historical
Overview and Conceptual Framework, Mark D. Alicke and
Constantine SedikidesI. Neurocognitive Bases of Self-Enhancement
and Self-Protection1. Neural Bases of Approach and Avoidance,
Eddie Harmon-Jones2. Self-Enhancement: A Social Neuroscience
Perspective, Jennifer S. Beer and Brent L. HughesII.
Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection in Self-Construal3.
Self-Enhancement via Redefinition: Defining Social Concepts to
Ensure Positive Views of the Self, Clayton R. Critcher, Erik G.
Helzer, and David Dunning 4. Moral Hypocrisy: A
Self-Enhancement/Self-Protection Motive in the Moral Domain, C.
Daniel Batson and Elizabeth C. Collins5. The Role of
Time in Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection, Anne E. Wilson
and Michael Ross 6. Reconciling Self-Protection with
Self-Improvement: Self-Affirmation Theory, David K. Sherman
and Kimberly A. HartsonIII. Perceptual, Judgmental, and Memory
Processes in Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection7. Of Visions
and Desires: Biased Perceptions of the Environment Can Serve
Self-Protective Functions, Shana Cole and Emily
Balcetis8. Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection in Social
Judgment, Mark D. Alicke and Corey L. Guenther9.
Postdecisional Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection: The Role of
the Self in Cognitive Dissonance Processes, Jeff Stone and
Elizabeth Focella10. The Positivity Bias and the Fading
Affect Bias in Autobiographical Memory: A Self-Motives Perspective,
John J. SkowronskiIV. Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection in
Interpersonal, Relational, and Group Contexts11. The Social
Consequences of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection, Vera
Hoorens12. Seeking Pleasure and Avoiding Pain in Interpersonal
Relationships, Joanne V. Wood and Amanda L. Forest13.
An Attachment Perspective on Self-Protection and Self-Enhancement,
Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer14. To Enhance
or Protect the Self?: The Complex Role of Explicit and Implicit
Self-Esteem, Tracy DeHart, Julie Longua, and Jennifer
Smith15. Attributions to Discrimination as a Self-Protective
Strategy: Evaluating the Evidence, Brenda Major and Dina
EliezerV. Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection in Developmental,
Clinical, Health, Personality, and Cultural Contexts16.
Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection in a Developmental Context,
Kali H. Trzesniewski, Megan Peggy-Anne Kinal, and M.
Brent Donnellan 17. The Breakdown of Self-Enhancing and
Self-Protecting Cognitive Biases in Depression, Lauren B. Alloy,
Clara A. Wagner, Shimrit K. Black, Rachel K. Gerstein, and
Lyn Y. Abramson18. When Self-Enhancement Drives Health
Decisions: Insights from a Terror Management Health Model, Jamie
Arndt and Jamie L. Goldenberg19. Narcissistic
Self-Enhancement: Tales of (Successful?) Self-Portrayal, Carolyn
C. Morf, Stephan Horvath, and Loredana Torchetti20.
Cultural Perspectives on Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection,
Chi-yue Chiu, Ching Wan, Shirley Y.Y. Cheng, Young-hoon Kim,
and Yung-jui YangVI. Boundary Conditions and Methodological
Issues in Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection21. Academic
Exaggeration: Pushing Self-Enhancement Boundaries, Richard H.
Gramzow22. Measurement of Self-Enhancement (and
Self-Protection), Joachim I. Krueger and Jack C.
Edited by Mark Alicke, PhD, Department of Psychology, Ohio University, USA and Constantine Sedikides, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK
"How do people go about enhancing their favorable views of themselves? How do they protect themselves against losing face and losing self-esteem? This excellent book provides a rich and thought-provoking survey of research on these questions. The drive to make a good name for oneself and protect it from disparagement underlies a wide range of human strivings, from high achievements to the deepest excesses of interpersonal evil. This book has much to offer anyone interested in human nature." - Roy F. Baumeister, Francis Eppes Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, USA "A remarkably comprehensive review and analysis of a vibrant area of self-related research. The volume is stunning in its breadth and depth, integrating the rich tradition of theory and research on self-enhancement and self-protection with cutting-edge developments in social neuroscience, social cognition, and interpersonal relations. Equally impressive, the Handbook bridges basic research and real-world applications, addressing clinical, health, and social policy implications. Written in an engaging and accessible style, this is an invaluable resource for students and specialists alike." - June Price Tangney, University Professor of Psychology, George Mason University, USA "This unique volume teases apart two psychological motives that are often confused. Contrasting these motives in one well-integrated book makes it abundantly clear that two distinct mechanisms are involved. The editors have solicited an all-star roster of contributors who complement each other interestingly. A broad range of perspectives are represented, from neurological substrates to cultural differences." - Del Paulhus, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada