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Self-Affirmation: Protecting the Self and Protecting Subjective Well-Being


Schuz, N and Schuz, B, Self-Affirmation: Protecting the Self and Protecting Subjective Well-Being, The Happy Mind: Cognitive Contributions to Well-Being, Springer, MD Robinson and M Eid (ed), United States, pp. 291-308. ISBN 978-3-319-58761-5 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-58763-9


In this chapter, we will outline the basic tenets of self-affirmation theory and how self-affirmation has been shown to affect different contexts of human functioning. We will address commonly studied psychological benefits of self-affirmation as potential pathways of increasing well-being, discuss ways to induce self-affirmation, and detail how people may spontaneously choose to self-affirm. We will also discuss whether or not self-affirmation can truly be considered a self-regulation strategy or whether people need to be largely unaware of self-affirmation in order for it to produce beneficial effects. We will conclude the chapter by addressing boundary conditions and potential mechanisms of self-affirmation while discussing its role as a potential resource to increase well-being—after all, self-affirmation is an area of research and theorizing that has only recently been considered and picked up in the literature on subjective well-being.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:self-affirmation, subjective well-being
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Schuz, N (Dr Natalie Schuez)
UTAS Author:Schuz, B (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:112502
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-11-14
Last Modified:2018-08-24

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