Criticism of Taylor and Browns 1988 study that positive illusions foster mental health

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Taylor and Brown's 1988 study that looked at how positive illusions foster mental health is considered by many to be a work of genius. By others, it is considered a highly flawed, inaccurate study that purposely misleads people into believing that narcissistic self beliefs can actually be positive.


will necessitate a positive future (Colvin and Block 1994).
While all of these concepts may be see as correlated to increased positive self image, Colvin and Block suggest that while this behavior may also be typical of normal subjects, it does not compel the reader to recognize these behaviors as healthy, when current psychological practise prefers that people have a realistic self image, as apposed to a highly illusionary self image (Colvin and Block 1994).
One of the primary criticisms Colvin and Block suggest is the use of the terms "balanced" and "evenhanded." They criticise these terms, in that Taylor and Brown do not give a definition of either term, and their meaning can be ambiguous. While Taylor and Brown's article suggests the terms to mean "a subject ascribes to self a relatively equal number of positive and negative characteristics" (Colvin and Block 1994). ...
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