The closer we are, the more we are alike: The effect of self-other merging on depersonalized self-perception
The present study examined whether or not the extent to which people include other group members in the self, influences depersonalized self-perception (i.e., perceiving self and others as similar in terms of group characteristics). The results revealed that self-other merging positively influenced feelings of belongingness and identification with the in-group. Furthermore, a strong experience of self-other merging was shown to lead to depersonalized self-perception as measured by a self-assimilation and an in-group homogeneity index. Finally, results also revealed that feelings of belongingness and group identification mediated, at least partly, the effect of self-other merging on depersonalized self-perception. The findings are discussed in light of the literature on self-expansion.
|Keywords||asimilation (sociology), characters of groups, group identity, homogeneity, self-evaluation, self-perception, social acceptance, social influence|
de Cremer, D.. (2004). The closer we are, the more we are alike: The effect of self-other merging on depersonalized self-perception. Current Psychology: a journal for diverse perspectives on diverse psychological issues, 22(4), 316–325. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/14999