This study investigated the role of the relational self-construal in comparison and reflection behavior. Undergraduate students (N= 51) and a close, same-sex friend completed a measure of relational self-construal. They then answered several analytical questions and received positive or negative feedback. After each question, they predicted whether their friend or a stranger (another participant) answered the same question correctly or not. It was hypothesized that high relationals would make more positive predictions of their friends’ answers than low relationals, and that the number of positive predictions of the strangers would be about the same for all participants. The results did not support this hypothesis, however. This outcome challenges the use of priming in research to examine the self-concept.
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