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The Interpersonal Basis of Stereotype-Relevant Self-Views


  • The authors thank collaborators who contributed to the experiments discussed herein, particularly Curtis Hardin and Brian Lowery. This research was partially supported by NIH Grant K01 MH069419 to Stacey Sinclair.

concerning this article should be addressed to Stacey Sinclair, 2-N-6 Green Hall, Psychology Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540. E-mail:


ABSTRACT Recent research examining the interpersonal basis of self-stereotyping is considered from the perspective of Cognitive–Affective Personality System (CAPS) theory. The reviewed work shows that individuals tend to see themselves in a stereotypic manner when interacting with someone who engenders affiliative motivation and is thought to hold stereotypic views of their group. Evidence suggesting that this context-dependent self-stereotyping is extended temporally through future psychologically similar interactions and the invocation of significant others thought to endorse stereotypes is also discussed. These findings and the theoretical framework that stimulated them strongly resonate with the notion of ifthen contingencies of the self articulated in CAPS theory. The implications of each viewpoint for the other are discussed.