Excessive Self-Enhancement and Interpersonal Functioning in Roommate Relationships: Her Virtue is His Vice?

THOMAS E. JOINER, KATHLEEN D. VOHS, JENNIFER KATZ, PAUL KWON, JOHN P. KLINE

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Abstract

The current paper assesses gender differences in the effects of excessive self-enhancement on interpersonal perceptions. Based on gender-related differences in interpersonal functioning, we predicted that overly favorable self-enhancement would differentially affect interpersonal relationships among women versus men. This possibility was assessed in a study of 105 undergraduates and their same-sex roommates. Target participants completed a measure of excessive self-enhancement; roommates provided measures of evaluation of the target participant at baseline and again three weeks later. Results were consistent with predictions: An excessive self-enhancing style among men predicted less favorable evaluations from roommates. In contrast, an excessive self-enhancing style among women predicted more favorable evaluations from roommates. Results are discussed with respect to gender and self-enhancement within the context of ongoing relationships.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalSelf and Identity
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

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