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The centrality of social image in social psychology

Rodriguez Mosquera, Patricia M and Uskul, Ayse K and Cross, Susan E (2011) 'The centrality of social image in social psychology.' European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 (4). pp. 403-410. ISSN 00462772

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Abstract

Social image, or the views that others have of us and our groups, plays a role in a wide array of psychological processes, including impression management, interpersonal relationships, mate selection, intragroup and intergroup processes, the experience and expression of emotion, gender differences in behavior, and the construction and maintenance of social status. The 13 papers included in this special issue reflect the centrality of social image in these and other social–psychological processes. Five major themes integrate this diverse selection of papers: (i) self-presentation of social image; (ii) culture-specific conceptions of social image; (iii) the role of social image in emotion; (iv) respect and status as reflections of social image; and (v) the influence of social image on ingroup and outgroup perceptions. Taken together, these papers illustrate the importance of social image for understanding the complexities of human behavior and point to new ways to study this important topic.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 10:41
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2011 10:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557

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