Ascribing meaning to the past: self–other differences in weighing good and bad deeds

Andreas Steimer, André Mata*, Cláudia Simão

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

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In three studies, this research found evidence for self-serving tendencies and a self–other asymmetry in the way people ascribe meaning to past behavior: Participants saw their past good deeds as more revealing of their present self than their past bad deeds (Studies 1–2), and they made inferences about their present personality from positive past behaviors, but not from negative ones (Study 3). In contrast, participants perceived the past behavior of others as diagnostic of their present personality (Study 2), and they made inferences about others’ present traits from that behavior (Study 3), regardless of whether it was positive or negative. In support of a motivational account, we also found evidence for moderated mediation of our effect (Study 2), such that the valence effect on ascribing meaning to the past was mediated by desirability only when self-relevance was high (i.e., for the self), not when it was low (i.e., for others). Implications of this self–other asymmetry are discussed.
Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (de-até)174-196
Número de páginas23
RevistaSocial Cognition
Volume37
Número de emissão2
DOIs
Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 1 jan 2019

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