The proxy model of social comparison for self-assessment of ability
NLM Title Abbreviation
Pers Soc Psychol Rev
Personality and Social Psychology Review
DOI of Published Version
One purpose of the social comparison of abilities is to determine action possibilities-"Can I do X?" By comparing ourselves with a proxy who has attempted X, we can determine our likelihood of success. A good proxy is one who has performed the same as us on an initial task requiring the ability. In addition, however, a good proxy must be similar on related attributes so that we can be confident that the proxy's performance on the initial task was maximal. In the case of a task requiring multiple abilities, more than one proxy may be used.
Published Article/Book Citation
Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1:1 (1997) pp.54-61. DOI:doi: 10.1207/s15327957pspr0101_4.