Self-Deception: Unrealistic Consistency?

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


In this investigation the personality and behavioral characteristics of individuals who are self-deceptive were studied using an interpersonal attraction paradigm, an intimate interview, and a retest measure of their self-deceptive score on a questionnaire. The attractiveness ratings toward another person were analyzed as a function of the participants' sex, the public or anonymous feedback condition, the scores on the Jacobson-Kellogg SDI II, and the scores on the Self Monitor Scale.An ANOVA revealed significant main effects for the experimental conditions (p < .05). The attractiveness ratings were more positive in the anonymous condition than in the public condition. There were significant interactions between gender and the anonymous versus public condition on the questionnaire scores. The pattern of results in this study was inconsistent with its predictions, and plausible explanations are offered.In the interview, the female participants disclosed more intimate information than the male participants. The females used a greater number of words to respond than the males. The scores on the Jacobson-Kellogg SDI II were consistent across the two administrations.


Psychology, Social

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