Reflect on the Positive Aspects of Yourself or
Your Social Group
Affirmations of self-integrity can serve as reminders that self-worth is not solely based on the threatened situation and reduces the need to defend one’s self in the particular threatened situation (Sherman & Hartson, 2011). Social Psychologists, David Sherman and Kimberly Hartson explained that self-affirmations boost self-resources (the psychological resources that one has to cope with a threat). Self-resources help an individual view the threat from a broader perspective, thereby reducing the threat’s potency at affecting the self. Research has found that brief value-affirmation writing exercises can help negatively stereotyped students perform better on academic tasks (Martens, Johns, Greenberg, & Schimel, 2006; Taylor & Walton, 2011).
Question: What self-affirmations will you tell yourself today?
Martens, A., Johns, M., Greenberg, J., & Schimel, J. (2006). Combating stereotype threat: The effect of self-affirmation on women’s intellectual performance. , (2), 236-243.
Sherman, D. K., & Hartson, K. A. (2011). Reconciling self-protection with self-improvement. , 128.
Taylor, V. J., & Walton, G. M. (2011). Stereotype threat undermines academic learning. , (8), 1055-1067.