Date of Award

Fall 8-1992

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. James Tromater

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara Sholley

Third Advisor

Dr. Sharon Paulson


This study examined the relations among perspective taking, egocentrism, and self-esteem in a sample of 113 undergraduate college students. Self-report measures of the the three constructs were used. Subjects in different levels of perspective taking did not differ significantly from one another in either egocentrism or self-esteem. Pearson correlations revealed that egocentrism was not related to self-esteem in level 2 perspective takers, but that these two constructs were negatively related in 3 perspective takers. Additionally, when subjects were in level 2 perspective taking, feedback did not alter their perceptions of themselves. However, when in level 3, feedback did affect subjects' self-esteem, dependent upon whether the feedback was congruent or incongruent with the subjects' self-esteem. The theoretical importance of the results was discussed.

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