Costs of Self-Handicapping

Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA.
Journal of Personality (Impact Factor: 2.44). 05/2005; 73(2):411-42. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2005.00314.x
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ABSTRACT Four studies examined the relation of trait self-handicapping with health-related measures. Study 1 showed that, over time, self-handicapping and maladjustment reinforce each other. Study 2 showed that self-handicappers reported a loss in competence satisfaction which, in turn, mediated the relation of self-handicapping with negative mood. Study 3 found that, over time, self-handicappers report an increase in substance use. Study 4 showed that self-handicappers reported a loss in intrinsic motivation for their jobs. It was suggested that people with unstable (or contingent) self-esteem use self-handicapping to bolster a fragile self-concept.

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