PBS Research Seminar Series
*Internal event for LSE staff and students
Wednesday 30 January 2019
Speaker: Constantine Sedkides, University of Southampton
To Be Truthful or to Be Wonderful? The Rocky Road to Self-Knowledge
What do people want to know about themselves? What kind of information do they solicit from others? What sort of feedback do they remember? This seminar will describe a programme of research that examines whether the self-assessment versus self-enhancement/self-protection motive constitutes the most potent guide en route to self-knowledge. The self-assessment motive refers to the pursuit of accurate feedback (be it positive or negative), whereas the self-enhancement/self-protection motive refers to the pursuit of positive feedback and avoidance of negative feedback. The research programme cover such domains, such as culture, religion, mind-body practices, feedback preferences in incarcerated and community populations, and self-judgments under conditions of introspection, accountability, or relational closeness.