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Thursday, June 9 • 10:30 - 12:00
How do you solve a problem like my envy? Examining self-affirmation as a potential envy-reducing strategy. LIMITED

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Envy emerges in response to threatening perceptions of others possessing undeserved benefits that one lacks (Smith & Kim, 2007), constituting an important threat to self-integrity. This presentation examines whether envy reactions may be attenuated via a brief self-affirmation intervention. In the first part of the presentation I conceptualize envy as a painful and destructive emotion and develop a rationale for why self-affirmation may reduce the threat envy poses to self-integrity. In the second part, I present the results of an empirical study that examined the efficacy of this intervention on participants' self-reported envy and behavioural aggression when threatened by the ostensibly superior performance of an opponent on a bogus intelligence test and this rival's subsequent monetary advantage across a competitive game. Introductory Psychology students were randomly assigned to either the self-affirmation or control condition (both ns = 114). A one-month follow-up assessment evaluated participants' subsequent envy experiences in daily life. Results indicated that affirmed participants reported less envy for their advantaged rival, as well as when recalling their most intense past-month experience of envy, relative to controls. Implications for the utility of self-affirmation in envy research and potential dispositional moderators of these effects are considered.

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Darren Neufeld

University of Manitoba

Authors
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Edward Johnson

University of Manitoba

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Clinical Psychology / Psychologie clinique

The Section on Clinical Psychology is one of the largest sections of CPA, and it serves to represent the professional and scientific interests of its members to CPA and to reflect the profession at the national level within Canada. Its mission is to "promote clinical psychology in its broadest definition as a science and a profession to the public, other service providers, clinical psychologists, and the government.


Thursday June 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Oak Bay 2 (Victoria Conference Centre - Level 1) 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

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