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FeelingsThe Perception of Self$
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James D. Laird

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098891.001.0001

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Nonemotional Feelings: Confidence, Pride, and Self-Esteem

Nonemotional Feelings: Confidence, Pride, and Self-Esteem

(p.114) 6 Nonemotional Feelings: Confidence, Pride, and Self-Esteem

James D. Laird

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a group of studies on the self-perception processes that seem to lead to various self-evaluative feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and pride. In every case, it is shown that acting as if one is confident and proud makes people feel confident and proud. In addition, if one is by chance required to face an unpleasant experience, or to compare one's self unfavorably, then one's self-esteem falls. Or, at least, these conclusions are true of the people who are more responsive to personal cues. Whenever the impact of personal cues was tested, it was found that the effects were predictable from cue response. These connections with cue response suggest strongly that the same kinds of processes are at work in generating emotional experiences from emotional behaviors, and in generating feelings of self-esteem and confidence from confident behaviors.

Keywords:   self-perception, confidence, pride, feelings, self-esteem

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