Praise from a self-enhancement perspective: More, I want more?

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Positive self-evaluation is a fundamental human need, enabling individuals to face challenges or pursue new opportunities in their environment. In the past decades, several lines of research have provided support for the overpowering effect of self-enhancement motivation in directing individuals’ attention and behavior relative to other self-evaluation motives. In the current chapter, we briefly summarize the basics of self-enhancement theory with a focus on how it has helped understand the psychology of praise and how some long-standing theoretical debates have informed our understanding of praise. In the second part, we review new theoretical issues that have emerged in recent years, summarize new manifestations of self-enhancement in the study of praise and 'real-world' applications of these insights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychological perspectives on praise
EditorsEddie Brummelman
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


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