Feedback does matter - perceived effectiveness of self-presentation and the degree of changes in self-concept
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Participants in the experiment were asked to present themselves as resourceful persons to a target audience. Some of the participants presented themselves to a peer who was unbeknown to them aware of their agenda, the others presented themselves to an experimenter as a 'trial run'. Pre-determined feedback was given to the participants on their performance. The participants' self-ratings following role-playing were more positive after affirmation of the intended impression than when the self-presentation was ineffective. In non-feedback conditions the participants' self-ratings were higher than in negative-feedback conditions, but lower than in positive-feedback ones. This was the case in both conditions: after self-presentation to a peer and to an experimenter.
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