The Psychological Trait That Will Help You Brush Off Criticism by M. Dahl
In a 2010 study, Allen McConnell, of Miami University, and Christina Brown, of Saint Louis University, asked college students to write about how much they valued study skills, then to describe all the times they slacked off. When the hypocrisy was pointed out, the students who were lower in self-complexity were more likely to change their attitudes to match their behavior: They acknowledged studying was not very important, after all.
Maybe, Khazan muses, this helps explain why some politicians don’t seem to be bothered by the fact that they say one thing, and behave another way. It’s possible that they view their public comments as a representation of their Politician Self, which is separate from their Family-Man Self, or their Former-Business-Owner Self. An intriguing theory, and in and of itself an example of self-complexity’s inherent complexity.