Lange, Jens ORCID: 0000-0002-5375-3247, Redford, Liz ORCID: 0000-0002-4948-9543 and Crusius, Jan ORCID: 0000-0002-9403-6084 (2019). A Status-Seeking Account of Psychological Entitlement. Pers. Soc. Psychol. Bull., 45 (7). S. 1113 - 1129. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. ISSN 1552-7433

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Abstract

We propose that people high in entitlement are characterized by motivation to attain status. Five studies (total N = 2,372) support that entitlement promotes motivation to seek status. This motivation, in turn, relates to affective processes when facing upward comparisons and contributes to status attainment. Specifically, entitlement fostered prestige and dominance motivation. These, in turn, predicted greater benign and malicious envy, respectively, when encountering high-status others. The indirect effects occurred when entitlement was measured (Studies 1A and 1B) and manipulated (Studies 2A and 2B). Finally, entitlement related to status attainment, yet not always in line with more entitled people's motivation. Although they ascribed themselves both more prestige and dominance, others ascribed them only more dominance, yet less prestige (Studies 3A, 3B, and 3C). These findings suggest that a status-seeking account offers important insights into the complexities of entitled behavior and its social consequences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Lange, JensUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-5375-3247UNSPECIFIED
Redford, LizUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-4948-9543UNSPECIFIED
Crusius, JanUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-9403-6084UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-137127
DOI: 10.1177/0146167218808501
Journal or Publication Title: Pers. Soc. Psychol. Bull.
Volume: 45
Number: 7
Page Range: S. 1113 - 1129
Date: 2019
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Place of Publication: THOUSAND OAKS
ISSN: 1552-7433
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
SOCIAL-STATUS; DOMINANCE; PRESTIGE; VALIDATION; BENIGN; ENVY; STRATEGIES; NARCISSISM; INVENTORY; BENEFITSMultiple languages
Psychology, SocialMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/13712

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