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Tory Higgins Argumentative Essay

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E. Tory Higgins proposed that individuals have three selves that they compare themselves to Actual self – representation of the attributes you believe you actually possess, Ideal self – attributes you would ideally like to possess (hopes, aspiration, what motivates you to change/improve), Ought self – attributes you believe you should possess (duties, obligations, responsibilities when these self-guides are contradictory they result in emotional discomfort. Individuals are motivated to reduce self-discrepancy (the gap between two self-guides). There has been a great deal of research into cognitive dissonance, providing some interesting and sometimes unexpected findings. It is a theory with very broad applications, showing that we aim for a

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