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    One individual difference factor that is often raised as a potential predictor of level of social comparison is self-esteem. However, the relation between self-esteem and social comparison appears to be rather complex. Wheeler and Miyake (1992) had 94 college students record the social comparisons they made for two weeks. They found that whether one makes upward or downward comparisons is dependent upon the target, but that having a negative mood before socially comparing oneself is more likely to lead to upward comparisons. One might expect that having a negative mood before making comparisons would lead to downward comparisons. The results seem counterintuitive in that they also found that subjective well-being is decreased by upward comparisons…

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    I believe comparison is like human nature because we as humans like to compete against each other and conform in order to "fit in" and at the same time be better than everyone else. I would compare my level of English and reading comprehension skills to others' because Chinese is my "first language." Though I learned English at the same time as Chinese, Chinese was the most dominant language spoken. And because of that, I have to work twice as hard and it will take me twice as longer to write…

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    What people ought to do is usually associated with what people have most reason to do. Reasoning is a characteristic feature of humans, an essential tool of thinking that enables people to learn the truth and to rationalize their understanding of the world. Most importantly, reason is the primary source of justification that explains human actions, beliefs and behaviours. By exercising rational reasoning, humans weight up their available alternatives and act according to the best possible…

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    What Is Social Comparison?

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    Social Comparison. The inclusion of social comparison within the TIM stems from social comparison theory (Festinger, 1954). According to Festinger (1954), individuals have an inherent drive to evaluate their opinions and abilities. When objective standards are unavailable, individuals seek out others to make comparisons. The outcome of such comparisons is partially influenced by directionality, that is upward or downward. Upward comparisons are proposed to occur when an individual compares him-…

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    They should just be accepted as is and not immediately subjected to past experiences that may have been “better” in comparison. Children are coached from a young age to compare their feelings and most prized possessions without any regard of the consequences it might have on their future. Joshua Becker, author of Becoming Minimalist: A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others, shares, “I’ve lived most of my life comparing myself to others. At first, it was school and sports. But as I…

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    They share the same goal of redemption and equal inevitability of their failure. Dunya was the same objective to Svidrigailov as the superman theory to Raskolnikov. When either was faced with the failure of reaching their goal, they suffered a massive psychological breakdown. Their different perspectives on life drove them to choose different outcomes of their journeys. Svidrigailov would have rather died than spent life in prison. He was very egotistical and didn’t like to admit he was wrong,…

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    Comparing Girls (An analysis of how the girl in “Checkouts” compares and contrasts to the girl in “The Girl Who Can”) The girls from the two stories “Checkout” and “The Girl Who Can” are alike in many ways yet also very unique to their perspective and how each story was wrote. In modern society girls constantly compare themselves to the other girls around them and desire to be similar to them and also want to be the best looking they can be. While there are those girls who compare themselves to…

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    narration for personal experiences, and structure, the author’s writings are almost identical. It is their injection of culture through past occurrences that make it possible to be able to understand the conflict of two societies while still being able to be able to relate to readers who are foreign to a different way of life. However, after a reader delves into the comparisons, they find that the messages…

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    William Morris, an English textile designer, artist, and writer delivered this speech to the audience members of the Trades’ Guild of Learning in 1877. The speech was given at the end of the Industrial Revolution, which means that scientific and technological progress dominated public interest. Considering the economic boost that science brought about, it was practically over-romanticized by members of society and it appeared to be the answer to every problem. However, the purpose of Morris’…

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    Perils of Social Networking Sections III, IV, and V Theodore Roosevelt declared, "Comparison is the thief of joy" (Militaryquotes, 2016). By passively looking at friends’ splendidly sophisticated lives on social networking services, individuals begin to study other’s online highlights. These highlights compared to the personal blooper memories rewound in their own heads can lead to self-loathing. Referencing social networking, Michael J. Bugeja, a professor of communications at Iowa State…

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