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Interpersonal cognitive self-focus as a function of neuroticism: Basal tendencies and priming effects

Fetterman, Adam K and Robinson, Michael D (2012) 'Interpersonal cognitive self-focus as a function of neuroticism: Basal tendencies and priming effects.' Personality and Individual Differences, 52 (4). pp. 527-531. ISSN 0191-8869

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Self-focus is one mechanism that may account for the social-evaluative anxiety of individuals high in neuroticism. The present two studies (total N = 183) sought to cognitively model interpersonal self-focus. The cognitive task was a simple one in which participants simply categorized dyadic interpersonal pronouns, with reaction times as the dependent measure. When others engage us, the pronoun “me” refers to the other and the pronoun “you” refers to the self. Study 1 found a neuroticism by pronoun interaction on categorization time consistent with implicit interpersonal self-focus at high (but not low) levels of neuroticism establishing a basal tendency. Study 2 examined boundary conditions. Individuals high in neuroticism exhibited implicit self-focus particularly to the extent that they had been primed to think of themselves as submissive rather than dominant in their interpersonal interactions. Implications for understanding neuroticism, self-focus, and relationship functioning are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neuroticism; Self-focus; Interpersonal; Implicit; Anxiety
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 10:45
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 10:45

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