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Achieving Harmony among Different Social Identities within the Self-Concept: The Consequences of Internalising a Group-Based Philosophy of Life.

Turner-Zwinkels FM, Postmes T, van Zomeren M - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: We examine how the inter-identity fit between potentially conflicting identities can become more harmonious through a self-defining group philosophy for life.Specifically, we test the hypothesis that holistic group identities (based in group philosophies for life that prescribe the behavior of their members in any situation, such as religion) become more strongly related to other identities in the self-concept (e.g., gender) when they are strongly self-defining (i.e., devotedly applied to daily life).We discuss the importance of understanding how some (i.e., holistic and self-defining) group identities may harmonize otherwise less harmonious group identities within one's self-concept.

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Affiliation: Department of Social Psychology, University of Groningen, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS, Groningen, The Netherlands.

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It can be hard for individuals to manage multiple group identities within their self-concept (e.g., being a Christian and a woman). We examine how the inter-identity fit between potentially conflicting identities can become more harmonious through a self-defining group philosophy for life. Specifically, we test the hypothesis that holistic group identities (based in group philosophies for life that prescribe the behavior of their members in any situation, such as religion) become more strongly related to other identities in the self-concept (e.g., gender) when they are strongly self-defining (i.e., devotedly applied to daily life). In three studies we investigated the inter-identity fit between individuals' (highly holistic) religious identity and (less holistic) gender identity. Results provided converging support for our hypothesis across diverging methods (explicit questionnaires, more implicit associations, and a novel network analysis of group traits). We discuss the importance of understanding how some (i.e., holistic and self-defining) group identities may harmonize otherwise less harmonious group identities within one's self-concept.

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Aggregated networks of traits associated with female and Christian identities for (a) strongly self-defining Christians; (b) weakly self-defining Christians; and (c) strongly self-defining women; and (d) weakly self-defining women.
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pone.0137879.g003: Aggregated networks of traits associated with female and Christian identities for (a) strongly self-defining Christians; (b) weakly self-defining Christians; and (c) strongly self-defining women; and (d) weakly self-defining women.

Mentions: This analysis investigated the association between the self-definingness of gender and Christianity and the fit between the content of these two social identities. The content and structure of (strongly and weakly self-defining) Christian and gender identities were compared and contrasted by conducting a semantic network analysis on the ART lists. All networks and relevant descriptives are presented in Fig 3 and Table 4, respectively.


Achieving Harmony among Different Social Identities within the Self-Concept: The Consequences of Internalising a Group-Based Philosophy of Life.

Turner-Zwinkels FM, Postmes T, van Zomeren M - PLoS ONE (2015)

Aggregated networks of traits associated with female and Christian identities for (a) strongly self-defining Christians; (b) weakly self-defining Christians; and (c) strongly self-defining women; and (d) weakly self-defining women.
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pone.0137879.g003: Aggregated networks of traits associated with female and Christian identities for (a) strongly self-defining Christians; (b) weakly self-defining Christians; and (c) strongly self-defining women; and (d) weakly self-defining women.
Mentions: This analysis investigated the association between the self-definingness of gender and Christianity and the fit between the content of these two social identities. The content and structure of (strongly and weakly self-defining) Christian and gender identities were compared and contrasted by conducting a semantic network analysis on the ART lists. All networks and relevant descriptives are presented in Fig 3 and Table 4, respectively.

Bottom Line: We examine how the inter-identity fit between potentially conflicting identities can become more harmonious through a self-defining group philosophy for life.Specifically, we test the hypothesis that holistic group identities (based in group philosophies for life that prescribe the behavior of their members in any situation, such as religion) become more strongly related to other identities in the self-concept (e.g., gender) when they are strongly self-defining (i.e., devotedly applied to daily life).We discuss the importance of understanding how some (i.e., holistic and self-defining) group identities may harmonize otherwise less harmonious group identities within one's self-concept.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Social Psychology, University of Groningen, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS, Groningen, The Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
It can be hard for individuals to manage multiple group identities within their self-concept (e.g., being a Christian and a woman). We examine how the inter-identity fit between potentially conflicting identities can become more harmonious through a self-defining group philosophy for life. Specifically, we test the hypothesis that holistic group identities (based in group philosophies for life that prescribe the behavior of their members in any situation, such as religion) become more strongly related to other identities in the self-concept (e.g., gender) when they are strongly self-defining (i.e., devotedly applied to daily life). In three studies we investigated the inter-identity fit between individuals' (highly holistic) religious identity and (less holistic) gender identity. Results provided converging support for our hypothesis across diverging methods (explicit questionnaires, more implicit associations, and a novel network analysis of group traits). We discuss the importance of understanding how some (i.e., holistic and self-defining) group identities may harmonize otherwise less harmonious group identities within one's self-concept.

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