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Assessment of the future potential and its correlation with self-esteem and self-deception


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Kekez, Danijela. (2013). Assessment of the future potential and its correlation with self-esteem and self-deception. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Butković, Ana].

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People have tendency to plan the future, they have desires, intentions and plans. Their ideas of what they might become and what they would like to become can influence their perception and behaviour. The aim of this study was to contribute to a better understanding of the role of future potential in an individual's self concept. We have explored the weight that people give to their own and to someone else's potential, as well as the relations between self-assessment of the importance of the future potential, self-esteem and self-deception. A convenience sample of participants, mostly students, have participated in this study by completing an online questionnaire (N=281). The participants were assessing the weight of the potential in a self-description and in a description of another person, as well as how far they and someone similar to them were from reaching their full potential. Participants have also completed the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale and self-deception scales (Agentic Enhancement and Communal Enhancement, two subscales of a Comprehensive Inventory of Desirable Responding). Results show that participants assess information about future potential as more important for an adequate understanding of the self than for an adequate understanding of another person. They also assess that there is more potential for them to realize than there is for other people. The self-assessment of reaching participant's full potential correlates positively with self-esteem and agentic enhancement, but not with communal enhancement. These results show that the future potential is an important component of an individual's self concept, but further studies are required.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: future potential, self-concept, self-esteem, self-deception
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Butković, Ana
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 16:12
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 10:22

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