Effect of choice on receptivity to favorable and unfavorable evaluation of oneself

Alice H. Eagly*, George I. Whitehead

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Gave 148 undergraduates a choice or no choice about receiving a favorable or an unfavorable evaluation concerning their social sensitivity. Ss either did or did not have prior information concerning the favorability of the evaluation. A significant Choice * Direction interaction of the evaluation on Ss' ratings of their social sensitivity indicated that choice decreased acceptance of the favorable message and increased acceptance of the unfavorable message. Similar Choice * Direction interactions were obtained for ratings of oneself and of the "typical Ss" on ease of making friends and for source credibility. Choice is interpreted as inducing responsibility for the consequences of what one has chosen, and predictions about self-concept change are contingent on whether these consequences are favorable or unfavorable. (22 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 1972


  • receptivity to favorable &
  • unfavorable self-evaluation of social sensitivity, choice options

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Psychology


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