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Master of Science (MS)
Lemm, Kristi M., 1971-
Warren, Michael B.
Although perspective-taking has been used to reduce negative attitudes toward social outgroups (see Todd & Galinsky, 2014), there are contexts where perspective-taking may backfire. When perceivers expect to interact with the outgroup target they imagine the perspective of, they have been shown to have an increase in meta-perceptual concerns, meta-stereotypes, which can draw perceivers away from imagining the perspective of the target and toward concerns for how they are being perceived. The current study (N = 193) examined whether different kinds of perspective-taking (imagine-self, imagine-other) influenced attitudes towards marginalized groups and whether such effects were moderated by perceivers’ individual levels of self-compassion, a positive and balanced disposition towards oneself. Results revealed that although self-compassion did not moderate the effect of perspective-taking on attitudes towards marginalized groups, self-compassion moderated the effect of perspective-taking on reaction time to meta-stereotype words (among other stimuli) during a lexical decision-making task. Specifically, individuals high in self-compassion responded faster to words (e.g., prejudiced, thoughtful) and non-words when perspective-taking relative to those who received no instructions. Such results have implications for the utility of perspective-taking in anticipated intergroup interactions and provide clues as to what individual difference indicators may influence its cognitive and emotional implications.
perspective-taking, intergroup interactions, meta-stereotypes, self-compassion
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Stereotypes (Social psychology); Social groups--Psychological aspects; Intergroup relations; Group identity; Compassion
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Bock, Haley, "Activation of Meta-stereotypes and Prejudice: The Moderating Role of Self-compassion During Perspective-taking" (2022). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1111.