The contribution of self-deceptive enhancement to display rules in the United States and Japan
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Author. Asian Journal of Social Psychology © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd with the Asian Association of Social Psychology and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association
Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 69–75, March 2012
How to Cite
Chung, J. M. (2012), The contribution of self-deceptive enhancement to display rules in the United States and Japan. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 15: 69–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2011.01358.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2011
- Received 8 September 2009; accepted 5 June 2011.
- display rules;
- individual differences;
- self-deceptive enhancement;
- socially desirable responding
Socially desirable responding was tested as a mediator of American and Japanese college student differences in display rules. Americans endorsed the expression of anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, and surprise more than the Japanese. Americans also exhibited more self-deceptive enhancement than the Japanese, and self-deceptive enhancement partially mediated country differences on the endorsement of anger, disgust, happiness, and surprise, but not contempt and fear. These findings highlight the role of self-deceptive enhancement in contributing to expressive display rules and support the point of view that socially desirable responding is a reflection of one's personality and culture rather than a statistical nuisance.