Social Psychology: In Class Activity



First, rate a friend on the following characteristics using the scale that follows. Then go back and do the same for yourself (Fiske &Taylor, 1984).



Rating Scale

-2 Definitely doe not describe

-1 usually does not describe

0 Sometimes describes, sometimes not

+1 usually describes

+2 Definitely describes



Friend Self

Aggressive



Introverted



Thoughtful



Warm



Outgoing



Hard driving



Ambitious



Friendly







Now, go back, ignore the pluses and minuses, and find the total of each column. You are more likely to give your friend a higher rating than yourself.



Why is this, given the Actor--Observer Effect?