Origins of the Belief in Good True Selves
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Despite differences in beliefs about the self across cultures and relevant individual differences, recent evidence suggests that people universally believe in a 'true self' that is morally good. We propose that this belief arises from a general tendency: psychological essentialism (PE).
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De Freitas, J., Cikara, M., Grossmann, I., & Schlegel, R.