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Research Interests for Mark R. Leary

Research Interests: Social and Personality Psychology

At the most general level, my interests are in social and personality psychology, centering around topics involving self-awareness, interpersonal motivation and emotion, and interfaces of social and clinical psychology. I have been particularly interested in how people's behavior and emotion are affected by (a) their concerns about others' impressions, evaluations, and acceptance of them and (b) the ways in which they talk to themselves in their own minds. In the first vein, we have been investigating the fundamental human need for acceptance and belonging, how people go about seeking acceptance, and the emotional and interpersonal consequences of feeling inadequately accepted. In the second vein, we are studying the negative effects of excessive ego-involvement on emotion, performance, and interpersonal behavior, and the efficacy of hypo-egoic states in which people's egos exert minimal influence on their thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

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Recent Publications   (search)
  1. Banker, CC; Leary, MR, Hypo-Egoic Nonentitlement as a Feature of Humility., Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin (September, 2019), pp. 146167219875144 [doi[abs].
  2. Diebels, KJ; Leary, MR, The psychological implications of believing that everything is one, The Journal of Positive Psychology, vol. 14 no. 4 (July, 2019), pp. 463-473 [doi[abs].
  3. Jongman-Sereno, KP; Leary, MR, The Enigma of Being Yourself: A Critical Examination of the Concept of Authenticity, Review of General Psychology, vol. 23 no. 1 (March, 2019), pp. 133-142, American Psychological Association (APA) [doi[abs].
  4. Diebels, KJ; Leary, MR; Chon, D, Individual differences in selfishness as a major dimension of personality: A reinterpretation of the sixth personality factor, Review of General Psychology, vol. 22 no. 4 (December, 2018), pp. 367-376, American Psychological Association (APA) [doi[abs].
  5. Martin, JL; Smart Richman, L; Leary, MR, A lasting sting: Examining the short-term and long-term effects of real-life group rejection, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, vol. 21 no. 8 (December, 2018), pp. 1109-1124, SAGE Publications [doi[abs].

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