Coping with identity conflict: perceptions of self as flexible versus fixed moderate the effect of identity conflict on well-being
Morton, Thomas A.
Self and Identity
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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In four experimental studies we explored the moderating role of perceptions of one’s self as flexible versus fixed on the relationship between identity conflict, well-being, and self-esteem. Across different contexts, it was demonstrated that representations of self as stable versus changeable moderated the effect of conflicting identities on well-being and self-esteem. Specifically, the activation of conflicting identities led to a decrease in well-being and self-esteem among those who construed their self as stable, but not among those who adopted flexible representations of self. This effect was mediated by self-concept clarity. The results suggest that the net effect of multiple identities depends not only on their compatibility and importance, but also on the way in which one’s self-concept is construed.
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Vol. 15 (2), pp. 224-244