|dc.description.abstract||This study examined the effects of self awareness and
private self consciousness on self evaluation. Sixty female
undergraduate students completed the private self consciousness
subscale developed by Fenigstein et al.i (1973)• They were
then randomly assigned to either the high (N=30) or low
(N=30) self awareness treatment conditions. Those placed in
the high self awareness condition listened to their own
taperecorded voices which was intended to increase self awareness.
The remainder listened to another's taperecorded voice
which was intended to decrease self awareness.
All subjects first completed the ideal self evaluation
form consisting of 20 randomly arranged bipolar adjective
dimensions. Then, depending on the self awareness condition,
subjects either listened to their own taperecorded voices or
another's voice while completing the real self evaluation form
consisting of the Same 20 items. The absolute difference scores
between the two self evaluation forms were used as an index
of the intensity of self evaluation.
Self awareness significantly increased the intensity of
self evaluation. This effect was especially noted on initial
,items: 1, 2, 3 and 7i providing further evidence that the
effect of listening to one's own voice diminishes quickly as
originally observed by Ickes et al., (1973). Private self
consciousness did not have a significant overall effect, but
a post hoc analysis using subjects scoring in the extremes of
this subscale showed that subjects scoring higher in private
self consciousness exhibited more intense self evaluation.
The present findings offer tentative support for the existence of two factors of awareness which affect self evaluation.
One, self awareness as a state of the individual, was indicated
by a temporary increase in intense self evaluation. The other,
private self consciousness as a trait of the individual, was
indicated by a consistent intense effect on self evaluation.||