Testing hypotheses about the self: Assessments of job suitability

Mark Snyder, Berna J. Skrypnek

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This investigation examined the strategies employed by individuals when testing hypotheses about the self. Participants known to possess masculine, feminine, or androgynous sex role identities tested hypotheses about their suitability for one of two jobs: either a job characterized in terms of the attributes and aptitudes typically associated with a “masculine” personality, or one characterized in terms of those typically associated with a “feminine” personality. When testing these hypotheses about themselves, participants preferentially reported those aspects of themselves that would suggest their suitedness rather than their unsuitedness for the job under consideration regardless of their sex role identity. Moreover, subsequent judgments of job suitability were positively related to the amount of suitedness evidence reported, but unrelated to the amount of unsuitedness evidence reported. Some consequences of these strategies for testing hypotheses about the self are discussed. Copyright © 1981, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-211
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Personality
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981


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