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Title:Know thyself: Misperceptions of actual performance undermine subjective well-being, future performance and achievement motivation
Author(s):Kim, Young H.
Director of Research:Chiu, Chi-Yue
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Chiu, Chi-Yue
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cohen, Dov; Hong, Ying-Yi; Albarracin, Dolores; Rodkin, Philip C.
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):self-enhancement
self-assessments
motivation
performance
subjective well-being
Abstract:Contrary to the popular assumption that self-enhancement improves task motivation and future performance, I propose that both inflated or deflated self-assessments of performance are linked to an increased likelihood of practicing self-handicapping and having relatively poor performance in future tasks. Consistent with this proposal, I found that irrespective of the level of actual performance, compared to accurate self-assessment, both inflated and deflated self-assessments of task performance are associated with a greater tendency to (a) practice self-handicapping (Study 1: prefer to work under distraction; Study 2: withhold preparatory effort), (b) perform relatively poorly in a subsequent task (Study 3), (c) have relatively low academic achievement (Study 4), and (c) report relatively low level of subjective well-being (Study 5). I discuss these results in terms of their educational implications.
Issue Date:2011-01-21
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/18556
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Young H. Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-21
2013-01-22
Date Deposited:2010-12


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