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Psychological Perspectives on Praise

1st Edition

Edited by Eddie Brummelman


184 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Psychological Perspectives on Praise integrates existing psychological theory and research into one accessible volume and outlines an overarching perspective on praise and its effects, providing a comprehensive overview of a variety of topics relevant to praise, a central facet to social psychology.

With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this book amalgamates diverse theoretical and empirical perspectives, and covers topics including, self-enhancement theory and self-determination theory. It also features discussion of motivation, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, and self-esteem, in a range of contexts, including children’s learning at school and employee’s commitment at work. The book concludes by suggesting that praise should be understood in its developmental and cultural context.

Revealing that praise is a message rich in information about ourselves and our social environments, this book will be of interest to social, developmental, and educational psychologists, students in psychology and related disciplines, and practitioners including teachers, managers, and counselors who use praise in their daily practice.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Praise in the Egosystem and the Ecosystem

Jennifer Crocker



1. Praise from a self-enhancement perspective: More, I want more?

Frederik Anseel and Elena Martinescu

2. The saboteur within: Self-verification strivings can make praise toxic

Ashwini Ashokkumar and William B. Swann, Jr.

3. An attributional approach to teacher praise

Sandra Graham and Xiaochen Chen

4. Understanding the complexity of praise through the lens of self-determination theory

Bart Soenens and Maarten Vansteenkiste



5. The effects of praise on children’s intrinsic motivation revisited

Jennifer Henderlong Corpus and Kayla A. Good

6. When praise—versus criticism—motivates goal pursuit

Lauren Eskreis-Winkler and Ayelet Fishbach

7. Paradoxical effects of praise: A transactional model

Eddie Brummelman and Carol S. Dweck



8. Learning about others to learn about the self: Early reasoning about the informativeness of others’ praise

Mika Asaba and Hyowon Gweon

9. "You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you:" Differing reactions to praise among people with higher and lower self-esteem

Linden R. Timoney and Joanne V. Wood

10. Can praise contribute to narcissism in children?

Eddie Brummelman and Stathis Grapsas



11. Praise and relationship security

Edward P. Lemay, Jr.

12. Praise and prosocial behavior

Duane Rudy and Joan E. Grusec

13. Praise and the development of reputation management

Gail D. Heyman

14. Evaluative feedback expresses and reinforces cultural stereotypes

Andrea C. Vial and Andrei Cimpian



15. Developmental psychology of praise

Sander Thomaes and Patty Leijten

16. The role of culture in parents’ responses to children’s performance: The case of the West and East Asia

Eva M. Pomerantz, Janice Ng, and Florrie Fei-yin Ng

About the Editor

Eddie Brummelman is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University and did his postdoc at Stanford University. His research focuses on the socialization of the self—how social feedback, such as praise, shapes children’s self-views, such as self-esteem and narcissism.

About the Series

Current Issues in Social Psychology

Current Issues in Social Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state of current and emerging topics of interest in social psychology.

Each volume makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing or synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions. The books are tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

The series is useful reading for students, academics, and researchers of social psychology and related disciplines. Example topics include: self-esteem, mindfulness, evolutionary social psychology, minority groups, social neuroscience, cyberbullying and social stigma.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology