Authentic and hubristic pride: Differential relations to aspects of goal regulation, affect, and self-control

Charles S. Carver, Sungchoon Sinclair, Sheri L. Johnson

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This study examines the relationships of trait-like tendencies towards authentic and hubristic pride (Tracy & Robins, 2004) with goal-regulation tendencies, affective tendencies, and impulsive traits. Undergraduates (n= 936) completed the 14-item measure of authentic and hubristic pride (Tracy & Robins, 2007b) and a battery of other self-report measures. The two types of pride correlated with distinct profiles of goal-regulation tendencies, affective tendencies, and self-control. Authentic pride correlated with measures of self-control, whereas hubristic pride was related to measures of impulsivity and aggression. Overall, the differential pattern of correlations fits with a model in which authentic pride is tied to adaptive achievement and goal engagement, whereas hubristic pride is tied to extrinsic values of public recognition and social dominance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)698-703
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010



  • Goal regulation
  • Impulsivity
  • Pride
  • Self control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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