Reconsidering research on self-humanizing: The importance of mean comparative judgments

Cypryańska, Marzena; Nezlek, John B.; Aleksandra, Jaskółowska; Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria (2017). Reconsidering research on self-humanizing: The importance of mean comparative judgments. The Journal of social psychology, 157(2), pp. 129-142. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/00224545.2017.1282849

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Self-humanization is defined as the tendency to view oneself as more essentially human than others. Researchers have claimed that people attri- bute human nature traits more strongly to themselves than to others, but not uniquely human traits. In this article we suggest that such claims are based on the misinterpretation of results. Most studies have not presented mean comparative judgments, making it impossible to determine whether people thought they possessed characteristics less strongly or more strongly than the average person. We found that people (N = 256) in Poland, Italy, and Korea perceived themselves as possessing desirable human nature and uniquely human characteristics more than others, as possessing undesirable uniquely human traits less than others, and as similar to others in terms of undesirable human nature characteristics. It seems that being more human than others means possessing some traits more than others and possessing some traits less than others.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group




Magdalena Maria Formanowicz

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12 Jul 2017 08:28

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05 Dec 2022 15:03

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