Mindset effects on information search in self-evaluation

Ute C. Bayer, Peter M. Gollwitzer

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Research on mindset theory (Gollwitzer & Bayer, 1999) observed that people in an implemental mindset show an orientation towards positive illusionary self-evaluations, whereas people in a deliberative mindset opt for accurate self-evaluations. In the present study, we tested whether these self-evaluative orientations and the associated search for certain types of self-relevant information (feedback) are moderated by low versus high self-views. With high self-view participants we observed the hypothesized mindset effects on information search, but we obtained the reverse pattern for low self-view participants. The latter finding points to self-defensiveness in low self-view individuals. Implications are discussed in terms of the consequences of accurate versus positive illusionary selfevaluations for the successful control of goal pursuits, and individual differences in mindset effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-327
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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