Presenting a Self-Compassionate Image After an Interpersonal Transgression

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Dr. Ashley Allen, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Two studies investigate the presentation of self-compassion following an interpersonaltransgression. In study 1 (N ¼ 228), participants imagined letting someone down. Self-compassionate participants were less likely to endorse self-critical statements and more likely to endorse self-compassionate statements. Study 2 (N ¼ 208) investigated people’s preference for self-compassionate versus self-critical statements after someone let them down. Less self-compassionate participants preferred and were more likely to forgive someone who made self-critical statements. More self-compassionate participants preferred self-compassionate responses and were just as likely to forgive someone regardless of the type of response. These findings support the hypothesis that self-compassion leads to more self-compassionate presentations and presents a more nuanced understanding of responses to self-compassionate and self-critical presentations in an apology context.

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Self and Identity Vol. 14, No. 1
Language: English
Date: 2015
Self-compassion; Self-presentation; Apology; Transgression; Forgiveness.

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