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Self Serving Bias

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Self-Serving Bias Description and Definition of Concept The society in which we live in today places an enormous amount of pressure on individuals to be better than others, and failure in this is not an option. There is a belief that success is only success if you are doing better than the people around you. This competition has become part of who we are, almost as though it is part of our core, meaning ere our self-image is so important to us that preserving it is a vital part of how we attribute success. A part of having a high self-esteem and positive self-image is the idea that Myers defines as self-serving bias “the tendency to perceive oneself favorably” (Myers 63). Although the self-serving bias contributes to a positive self-image,…show more content…
It is our tendency to take credit for our success and positive outcomes,and blame others around us for our failures and negative outcomes. Professional athletes, CEO’s, and politicians are all known for this type of behavior, which is highlighted when they receive praise for their achievements, yet blame others for their failures. Our society amplifies this behavior when it ridicules those experience failure and encourages and places those with success on a pedestal. We have classically trained individuals to not be accountable for their responsibilities and accept the consequences for the mistakes that have occurred through their own actions. This happens because we like to believe that we ourselves are better than the average person and are special. We strive for greatness and are willing to do whatever it takes to elevate ourselves above others, in the attempt to protect our own self-image. Although being optimism is a beneficial approach to self-reflection on our own lives. Unrealistic optimism can have its own disadvantages. If you believe that you walk through life above everyone around you and that you are untouchable, you will most likely take less precautions which may be detrimental. Optimism itself is important, however, without realism you can lose sight of reality. If we use defensive pessimism, something that Julie Norem termed the ability to “anticipates problems and motivates…show more content…
The study was based on worker-oriented job analysis ratings and self-serving biases. They study looked at 26,682 participants that were employed by the government in either technical or clerical occupations. Each of the participants filled out a survey that consisted of 31 different competencies, and asked them to rate their own performance, level of importance, and how much training they thought was needed for each competency. The findings showed that the hypotheses were supported, meaning self-report job analysis surveys were easily influenced by self-serving bias. This demonstrates that participants rated themselves highly competent in areas they thought were important for their job. However in areas they deemed less important, they reported a lower competency score. From the results of this study, it is clear that building yourself up and maintaining your self-image is vital in the
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