Gender Differences in Implicit Self-esteem:the Effect of Romantic Partner's Success or Failure

[Speaker] Zhang, Shanshan:1
[Co-author] Lv, Xiaomin:1, Zhang, Ye:1, Wang, Mengying:1, Dai, Chenxu:1
1:Shenyang Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

This research examined whether the romantic partner's success or failure can influence one's own implicit self-esteem in Chinese context. In three studies, 366 undergraduate students were asked to recall partner's success or failure experience in no comparison condition(study 1)and in social comparison condition (study 2).Furthermore, we asked participants to recall their partner's success or failure in both the academic and social domains(study 3). Study 1and 2 showed that, men had lower implicit self-esteem when they thought about partner's success than failure. In study 3, men's implicit self-esteem was negatively influenced by partner's success no matter the domain is relative to them or not. Women's implicit self-esteem had no difference in three studies. In short, partner's performance can influence one's own implicit self-esteem and there are gender differences in implicit self-esteem following a romantic partner's success or failure. Also, this finding extends the social comparison research in romantic relationships.
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