Vol.4 No.4 (July 2014)
The Self-Verification Motivation of People Who Hold Negative Self-Concept: Arguments and Reflections
Self-verification is a phenomenon that individuals try to seek agreement inter self-perception or between self-perception and information being obtained. The theory believes that even those with negative self-concept will still look for information of confirming self-concept actively under the driving of self-verification. However, at present there are many controversies about this view, fo-cusing on three aspects: its relationship with self-enhancement, whether it will bring about positive emotional experience and whether it will exhibit adaptive value. Therefore, it is necessary for dealing with these arguments to investigate furthermore from both the reasons and the objects of self-affirmation. Finally, we can make an outlook of that much attention should be focused on the theory research. What’s more, applying value of theory research should be emphasized in mental healthy clinical practice.
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