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Oh the humanity! Humanity-esteem and its social importance

Luke, Michelle A. and Maio, Gregory Richard ORCID: 2009. Oh the humanity! Humanity-esteem and its social importance. Journal of Research in Personality 43 (4) , pp. 586-601. 10.1016/j.jrp.2009.03.001

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Past research has examined the consequences of a favorable personal identity (i.e., personal self-esteem) and social identity (i.e., collective self-esteem), but has neglected the consequences of a favorable human identity (i.e., humanity-esteem). Two studies examined individual differences in humanity-esteem using a new measure of this construct, the Humanity-Esteem Scale. Results indicated that the measure is reliable, taps affective and cognitive reactions to humanity, and possesses strong convergent and discriminant validity. Furthermore, a third study utilized a manipulation of humanity-esteem to examine its effect on group differentiation. The results supported the notion that low humanity-esteem increases group differentiation. Thus, humanity-esteem is an important novel construct for understanding how humans regard and relate to one another.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanity-esteem; Intergroup relations; Self-esteem
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0092-6566
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:09

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