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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Pride and Prejudice: The Impact of Attributions of Hubristic and Authentic Pride on Proactive Intergroup Behavior

Historically, pride displays have been used to enhance pride within marginalized groups and gain support from majority group members. However, very little research has examined the factors that influence how majority group members respond to pride displays. To address this gap in the literature, majority group members’ perception of pride and their consequences were examined using a variety of outgroups. The results of three separate studies revealed two distinct facets of perceived pride: a) authentic pride, or pride that is deserved; and b) hubristic pride, or overbearing undeserved pride. Additionally, perceived authentic pride was positively related to positive proactive behavior (e.g., putting a pro-gay marriage sticker on one’s car), whereas perceived hubristic pride was related to proactive negative behavior (e.g., voting to restrict the rights of African Americans). These results suggest that marginalized group members may benefit from engaging in pride displays that would be perceived as authentic.

Presenter: Amanda Hoock (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)

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