Helpful but insufficient: Incremental theory on challenge-confronting tendencies for students who fear being laughed at

Cheng Hong Liu, Fa Chung Chiu, Hsueh-Chih Chen, Ching Yi Lin

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Abstract

Previous studies have demonstrated that endorsing an incremental theory of intelligence is helpful in motivating students to confront challenges. We used a survey to examine whether this theory could predict greater challenge-confronting tendencies for students with relatively high gelotophobia (i.e., the fear of being laughed at) and explore the possible underlying processes. A total of 264 senior high school students completed the measures of gelotophobia, implicit theories of intelligence, challenge-confronting tendencies, perceived value and feelings of being threatened in confronting challenges, and their self-perceived general ability. The results showed that endorsing an incremental theory predicted greater perceived value in confronting challenges and stronger challenge-confronting tendencies for students with relatively low gelotophobia. However, for those with relatively high gelotophobia, although this theory also predicted greater perceived value in confronting challenges, it was unrelated to challenge-confronting tendencies. Thus, endorsing an incremental theory is helpful but insufficient in motivating high gelotophobia students to exhibit stronger challenge-confronting tendencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-377
Number of pages11
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Challenge-confronting tendencies
  • Entity theory
  • Gelotophobia
  • Implicit theories of intelligence
  • Incremental theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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