Oh the humanity! Humanity-esteem and its social importance

Luke, Michelle A and Maio, Gregory R (2009) Oh the humanity! Humanity-esteem and its social importance. Journal of Research in Personality, 43 (4). pp. 586-601. ISSN 0092-6566

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Past research has examined the consequences of a favorable personal identity (i.e., personal self-esteem) and social identity (i.e., collective self-esteem), but has neglected the consequences of a favorable human identity (i.e., humanity-esteem). Two studies examined individual differences in humanity-esteem using a new measure of this construct, the Humanity-Esteem Scale. Results indicated that the measure is reliable, taps affective and cognitive reactions to humanity, and possesses strong convergent and discriminant validity. Furthermore, a third study utilized a manipulation of humanity-esteem to examine its
effect on group differentiation. The results supported the notion that low humanity-esteem increases group differentiation. Thus, humanity-esteem is an important novel construct for understanding how humans regard and relate to one another.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0698 Personality
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1041 Social perception. Social cognition Including perception of the self and others, prejudices, stereotype
Depositing User: Michele Luke
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 15:03
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2012 15:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40981
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