A Self-Presentational View of Coping with Stress

  • Lothar Laux
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Among the many stress situations people encounter, those involving social stress seem to be the most frequent. Social stress situations refer to the evaluation of personal adequacy (e.g., being interviewed for a job or giving a speech). The interpersonal evaluation inherent in these situations is usually appraised as a threat to self-esteem. To cope with such threatening situations, people often attempt to present themselves in a particular way. Consider the following excerpt of an interview from my own research on test anxiety. A young female teacher described her coping efforts in an examination, in which she had to teach in front of the class and the examiners, as follows: “Compared to the written examination this performance was much more important to me since I could present my personality. I attempted to appear self-confident. The examiners should not notice my weaknesses. I wanted to save my face.”


State Anxiety Test Anxiety Impression Management Coping Process Expressive Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lothar Laux
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl PersonlichkeitspsychologieUniversität BambergBambergFederal Republic of Germany

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