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The Psychology of Quality of LifeEffects of Social Comparisons on Wellbeing

The Psychology of Quality of Life: Effects of Social Comparisons on Wellbeing [In this chapter I discuss the research related to the effects of social comparison on wellbeing and positive mental health. The research point to the tendency of making social comparisons explained by three motivational principles, namely self-enhancement, self-improvement, and self-identification. With respect to the self-enhancement principle, I discuss social comparison research in relation life satisfaction, depression and anxiety, morale, happiness of people in poor versus rich countries, differences in socio-economic status, friendship, satisfaction with healthcare, unemployment, crime and corruption, body dissatisfaction, African Americans, Facebook and social media, and the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation. With respect to the self-improvement principle, I discuss research related to cancer patients, socio-economic status, Asian Canadians, self-esteem and Facebook, self-esteem and individualism versus collectivism, body satisfaction, and school children and academic performance. In regard to the self-identification principle, I discuss research on sports fans, school status, task performance, and Facebook and social media.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Psychology of Quality of LifeEffects of Social Comparisons on Wellbeing

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series Book Series (volume 83)

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
ISBN
978-3-030-71887-9
Pages
321 –338
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-71888-6_15
Publisher site
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Abstract

[In this chapter I discuss the research related to the effects of social comparison on wellbeing and positive mental health. The research point to the tendency of making social comparisons explained by three motivational principles, namely self-enhancement, self-improvement, and self-identification. With respect to the self-enhancement principle, I discuss social comparison research in relation life satisfaction, depression and anxiety, morale, happiness of people in poor versus rich countries, differences in socio-economic status, friendship, satisfaction with healthcare, unemployment, crime and corruption, body dissatisfaction, African Americans, Facebook and social media, and the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation. With respect to the self-improvement principle, I discuss research related to cancer patients, socio-economic status, Asian Canadians, self-esteem and Facebook, self-esteem and individualism versus collectivism, body satisfaction, and school children and academic performance. In regard to the self-identification principle, I discuss research on sports fans, school status, task performance, and Facebook and social media.]

Published: Jun 10, 2021

Keywords: Social comparisons; Subjective wellbeing; Positive mental health; Self-enhancement; Self-improvement; Self-identification; Life satisfaction; Depression; Anxiety; Morale; Happiness; Poor countries; Rich countries; Socio-economic status; Friendship; Healthcare; Unemployment; Crime; Corruption; Body dissatisfaction; African Americans; Facebook; Social media; COVID-19; Social isolation; Cancer patients; Asian Canadians; Self-esteem; Individualism-collectivism; Body satisfaction; School children; Academic performance; Sports fans; School status; Task performance

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