Journal article

Responding to major threats to self-esteem: A preliminary, narrative, study of ego-shock

WK Campbell, RF Baumeister, D Dhavale, ADM Tice

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY | GUILFORD PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2003

Abstract

The present research examined individuals' responses to major self-esteem threat. It was predicted that following a major threat to self-esteem individuals would experience ego-shock - a temporary "freezing" of consciousness and emotional numbness. Fifty-two participants wrote a narrative describing a situation where they received a major threat to their self-esteem and a situation where they received a minor threat to their self-esteem. They then answered questions regarding the experience of ego-shock following the event described in each narrative. Ego-shock was reported following major self-esteem threats to a greater degree than following minor self-esteem threats. Additional analyses r..

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