Toward a General Theory of Self-Referent Behavior
In this final chapter, I present the outline of a theoretical framework within which the preceding more detailed chapters may be interpreted and which serves as a device for ordering the relevant results of current and future research. The outline places self-referent behaviors in social psychological context as playing mediating roles between social influences on the person and personal influences on social systems. In considering their mediating roles, each mode of self-referent response is viewed as the product of social psychological influences, including other modes of self-referent behaviors, and as having social psychological consequences, including effects on other modes of self-referent responses. Among these consequences, particularly as these are manifested in certain self-protective-self-enhancing responses, are influences on the functioning of the social systems in which the person participates.
KeywordsSituational Context Political Efficacy Evaluative Standard Inclusive Social System Aggressive Impulse
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