Managing social images in naturalistic versus laboratory settings: Implications for understanding and studying self-presentation
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Special Issue: The Centrality of Social Image in Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 411–421, June 2011
How to Cite
Leary, M. R., Allen, A. B. and Terry, M. L. (2011), Managing social images in naturalistic versus laboratory settings: Implications for understanding and studying self-presentation. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 41: 411–421. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.813
- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 APR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 1 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: 26 JUN 2010
Over the past 50 years, research on self-presentation has revealed a great deal about how people construct social images by managing the impressions that others form of them. However, inspection of the dominant research paradigms reveals that most researchers have not addressed central features of self-presentation as they occur in everyday life. Using a framework that identifies four primary features of everyday self-presentation, we compare and contrast the nature of naturalistic self-presentation in everyday life with the ways in which self-presentation has been conceptualized, operationalized, and studied by researchers. We also discuss the implications of failing to incorporate naturalistic features of self-presentation into research contexts and offer recommendations for ways to enhance and expand research on self-presentation. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.