Journal article

More human than others? A critique of Cypryanska et al. (2017)

Nick Haslam

The Journal of Social Psychology | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017


Cypryańska and colleagues offer a critique of existing work on the self-humanizing effect and present some empirical findings motivated by their critique. In this commentary, I question their overly restrictive understanding of self-humanizing and argue that the phenomenon does not stand or fall on a definition based on a strict analogy to the better-than-average effect. I argue that defining self-humanizing exclusively in these terms is inappropriate: It fails to recognize the relationship between self-humanizing and self-enhancement, as well as the primary role of trait valence in comparative self-ratings. Finally, I observe that Cypryańska et al.'s empirical findings are highly consistent..

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