July 25, 2016 16:30 - 18:00

Boasting increases malicious envy

[Speaker] Kaynak, Bagdat D:1
[Co-author] Van De Ven, Niels:2, Sawada, Masato:3, Oshio, Atsushi:4, Van Osch, Yvette:2
1:Ankara University (Turkey), 2:Tilburg University (Netherlands), 3:Utsunomiya University (Japan), 4:Waseda University (Japan)

People are sometimes reluctant to show off their good performance to others. One reason why people do not boast is that they might fear being envied. We aimed to test whether boasting indeed triggers envy. In Study 1 (N=189) we found in a scenario study that a superior other who is perceived to boast elicits more (malicious) envy. In Study 2 (N=401) we replicated that boasting increases (malicious) envy, but only if there is no prior information on whether the advantage was deserved or not. When this information is available, we find the typical envy effect that undeserved advantages trigger malicious envy, while deserved advantages do not, and boasting did not affect envy in those cases. Our research revealed that boasting is a critical interpersonal determinant and discriminant of malicious envy especially when there is no information about deservingness.
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