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An Experiment on the Affective Consequences of Social Comparison


  The experiment of the title was conducted in 1990 by Bram.P. Buunk and colleagues. Its results speak of the consequences of comparing ourselves to others. As a matter of fact, the study suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, this kind of behavior doesn’t always have negative consequences. The experiment was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers wanted to know more about the consequences of comparisons. They were interested in the differential effects of comparing ourselves with others, whether we consider them to be either inferior or superior to ourselves. The experiment detailed the type…

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Chantal Maille
Praticien en Psychothérapie - Psychanalyste, Coaching conjugal & Sophrologie

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