Conservative Self-Enhancement

14 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2015 Last revised: 14 Nov 2015

See all articles by Sean P. Wojcik

Sean P. Wojcik

University of California, Irvine

Peter H. Ditto

University of California, Irvine - School of Social Ecology

Date Written: June 24, 2015

Abstract

Political conservatism has been linked to motivated forms of social cognition, sensitivity to threat, and defensive cognitive styles. The present research examined whether liberal-conservative political ideology was associated with self-enhancement using large Internet samples across eight studies (N=13,002). Meta-analysis of these results revealed that the tendency to make overly positive self-evaluations was positively associated with general political conservatism, social conservatism, economic conservatism, and conservative patterns of moral foundation endorsement (.12 ≤ rrandom ≤ .13; .07 ≤ rfixed ≤ .10), even after controlling for key demographic variables (.08 ≤ rrandom ≤ .16; .03 ≤ rfixed ≤ .09). These findings suggest that, above and beyond previously studied variables, multiple forms of political conservatism predict a strengthened tendency to evaluate the self in an overly positive way.

Keywords: political ideology, self-enhancement, meta-analysis

Suggested Citation

Wojcik, Sean P. and Ditto, Peter H., Conservative Self-Enhancement (June 24, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2622348 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2622348

Sean P. Wojcik (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine ( email )

Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 62697-3125
United States

Peter H. Ditto

University of California, Irvine - School of Social Ecology ( email )

226B Social Ecology 1
Irvine, CA 92697
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
136
Abstract Views
1,216
rank
306,383
PlumX Metrics