By Raymond L. Higgins
The suggestion of self-handicapping could be legitimately anchored in a vari ety of highbrow contexts, a few previous and a few more moderen. As this quantity reminds us, Alfred Adler was once might be the 1st to articulate the signifi cance of varied self-defeating claims and gestures for safeguarding the self idea. hence the plain paradox of "defeat" within the pursuits of "pro tection. " extra lately (but nonetheless greater than 30 years ago), Heider's "naive psychology" extra attributional rhetoric to the outline of self-defeat ing concepts. whereas predominantly cognitive in its thrust, the attribu tional method included numerous motivational influences-especially these related to selfish issues. Heider infrequently violated our logic while he steered that individuals are likely to characteristic their performances in a self-serving demeanour: the good stuff I triggered; the undesirable issues have been compelled upon me. The suggestion of self-handicapping options, proposed by way of Berglas and myself a bit greater than a decade in the past, capitalized on those homely truths whereas including a specific proactive twist. We not just make ex cuses for our mistakes; we plan our engagements and our situational offerings in order that self-protective excuses are pointless. In doing so, we use our attributional knowing to rearrange issues in order that unsuitable and failing performances are usually not interpreted in ways in which threaten our self-esteem.
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