Self-determination and the use of self-presentation strategies

Melissa A. Lewis, Clayton Neighbors

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The authors evaluated the relationships among individual differences in self-determination and self-presentation. The authors expected less self-determined individuals to report engaging in self-presentation strategies more frequently. To be more specific, the authors expected higher autonomy scores to be associated with the use of fewer self-presentation strategies, whereas they expected higher controlled and higher impersonal orientation scores to be associated with the use of more self-presentation strategies, but for different reasons. Participants (141 women, 111 men, 1 person of unreported gender) completed self-report measures of self-determination and self-presentation. The results indicated that higher autonomy scores were related to the use of fewer self-presentation tactics. Being more controlled was associated with engaging in more self-presentation across the board. Higher impersonal scores were primarily associated with engaging in strategies to gain assistance or prevent high expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-490
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2005


  • Impression management
  • Self-determination
  • Self-presentation


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