Recent research examining the interpersonal basis of self-stereotyping is considered from the perspective of Cognitive-Affective Personality System (CAPS) theory. The reviewed work shows that individuals tend to see themselves in a stereotypic manner when interacting with someone who engenders affiliative motivation and is thought to hold stereotypic views of their group. Evidence suggesting that this context-dependent self-stereotyping is extended temporally through future psychologically similar interactions and the invocation of significant others thought to endorse stereotypes is also discussed. These findings and the theoretical framework that stimulated them strongly resonate with the notion of if ... then contingencies of the self articulated in CAPS theory. The implications of each viewpoint for the other are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology