Perfectionism and self-conscious emotions in British and Japanese students: Predicting pride and embarrassment after success and failure

Stoeber, J. and Kobori, O. and Tanno, Y. (2013) Perfectionism and self-conscious emotions in British and Japanese students: Predicting pride and embarrassment after success and failure. European Journal of Personality, 27 (1). pp. 59-70. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Regarding self-conscious emotions, studies have shown that different forms of perfectionism show different relationships with pride, shame, and embarrassment depending on success and failure. What is unknown is whether these relationships also show cultural variations. Therefore, we conducted a study investigating how self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism predicted pride and embarrassment after success and failure comparing 363 British and 352 Japanese students. Students were asked to respond to a set of scenarios where they imagined achieving either perfect (success) or flawed results (failure). In both British and Japanese students, self-oriented perfectionism positively predicted pride after success and embarrassment after failure whereas socially prescribed perfectionism predicted embarrassment after success and failure. Moreover, in Japanese students, socially prescribed perfectionism positively predicted pride after success and self-oriented perfectionism negatively predicted pride after failure. The findings have implications for our understanding of perfectionism indicating that the perfectionism–pride relationship not only varies between perfectionism dimensions, but may also show cultural variations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: perfectionism; self-conscious emotions; achievement; success; failure; pride; embarrassment; cross-cultural comparisons
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 03:56
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29243 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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