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Positive intelligence illusions: on the relation between intellectual self-enhancement and psychological adjustment
Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany; International Max Planck Research School LIFE, Freie Universität Berlin/Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany.
Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0185-8805
Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of personality, ISSN 0022-3506, E-ISSN 1467-6494, Vol. 80, no 3, p. 537-572Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The relation between self-enhancement and psychological adjustment has been debated for over 2 decades. This controversy is partly due to the variety of approaches implicated in the assessment of mainly self-enhancement but also psychological adjustment. We adopted a face-valid approach by statistically removing actual intellectual ability variance from self-rated intellectual ability variance. Study 1 (N?=?2,048), a concurrent Internet investigation, provided initial insight into the relation between intellectual self-enhancement and psychological adjustment. Study 2 (N?=?238), a longitudinal round-robin investigation, allowed a closer examination of the dynamic processes underlying this relation. Self-enhancement was positively linked to multiple indicators of intrapersonal and interpersonal adjustment, and predicted rank-order increases in adjustment over time. The links between intellectual self-enhancement and intrapersonal adjustment were mediated by self-esteem. Finally, the interpersonal costs and benefits of self-enhancement systematically varied depending on methodology.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 80, no 3, p. 537-572
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-23355DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00742.xISI: 000304035400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84861191796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-23355DiVA, id: diva2:532299
Available from: 2012-06-11 Created: 2012-06-11 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved

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