Presenting a Self-Compassionate Image After an Interpersonal Transgression
Two studies investigate the presentation of self-compassion following an interpersonal transgression. In study 1 (N = 228), participants imagined letting someone down. Self-compassionate participants were less likely to endorse self-critical statements and more likely to endorse self-compassionate statements. Study 2 (N = 208) investigated people's preference for self-compassionate versus self-critical statements after someone let them down. Less self-compassionate participants preferred and were more likely to forgive someone who made self-critical statements. More self-compassionate participants preferred self-compassionate responses and were just as likely to forgive someone regardless of the type of response. These findings support the hypothesis that self-compassion leads to more self-compassionate presentations and presents a more nuanced understanding of responses to self-compassionate and self-critical presentations in an apology context.
Self and Identity
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Allen, Barton, J., & Stevenson, O. (2015). Presenting a Self-Compassionate Image After an Interpersonal Transgression. Self and Identity, 14(1), 33–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2014.946958