Self-ambivalence and reactions to success versus failure

Michael Riketta*, René Ziegler

*Corresponding author for this work

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People differ in the extent to which their self-evaluations fluctuate in response to positive and negative events. This research tests whether self-ambivalence predicts this self-evaluative reactivity. Participants first completed measures of self-ambivalence and baseline self-esteem. Next, they were induced a success or failure experience in a cognitive task and finally rated their cognitive self-evaluations (taskspecific ability, state self-esteem) and affective reactions (self-feelings, mood). Self-ambivalence was associated with stronger effects of the success/failure manipulation on cognitive self-evaluations but not on affective reactions, with baseline self-esteem controlled. Possible underlying mechanisms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-560
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007


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