Self as a default target in thinking about traits

Jerzy J. Karylowski, Joseph F. Ranieri
2006 Self and Identity  
Two experiments provide evidence for the recruitment of self as a default target in thinking about traits. Results show that semantic processing of trait labels, when no specific target is named, facilitates subsequent trait judgments more for self than for other social exemplars, including exemplars of highly familiar others. The effect is not qualified by trait desirability. However, as predicted, such a privileged position of self in thinking about traits, applies to thinking about covert,
more » ... ing about covert, unobservable, manifestations but not to thinking about overt, observable, manifestations of traits.
doi:10.1080/15298860600867408 fatcat:3ocqcygoyvbl3h5sw5up6s3pua