Mastering One’s Destiny – Mastery Goals Promote Challenge and Success Despite Social Identity Threat

In three experiments, women were given a mastery goal (focus on building skills) or a performance goal (perform well, avoid errors) before a mock job interview. The authors reported that although a great deal of prior work has alleviated identity threat by altering construal of one’s identity, their current research used an alternative strategy—modifying appraisals of the situation, leaving one’s self-concept intact.

Stout, Jane G. & Dasgupta, Nilanjana. (2013. Mastering One’s Destiny – Mastery Goals Promote Challenge and Success Despite Social Identity Threat. Personality and Social Psychology, 39, 748-762.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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