The Affirmational Versus Negational Self-Concepts
This study focuses on differences between affirmational and negational thinking, that is, on asymmetries between thinking about a thing in terms of what it is versus what it is not. A priori logical analysis suggests a simple mirror-image symmetrical correspondence between the two, but empirical studies usually reveal complex, asymmetrical differences. We are reporting here an investigation of asymmetries between affirmational versus negational thinking about the self, between how people describe what they are versus what they are not.
KeywordsNegational Thinking Negative Instance Negational Probe Intrusion Error Overt Action
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