Date of Graduation

Spring 2017


Master of Science in Psychology



Committee Chair

Michelle Visio


perfectionism, self-compassion, feedback acceptance, priming, MTURK

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Performance feedback is an important part of employee development. Performance feedback is often administered incorrectly which can be damaging to the employee. Self-compassion training is proposed as a means to mitigate the negative effects associated with receiving damaging performance feedback. Self-compassion priming was used as a method to increase feedback acceptance among individuals with perfectionistic tendencies. Participants (n = 938) were given a measure of perfectionism and then asked to complete a proofreading task containing either a self-compassion prime or a neutral topic. Positive and negative feedback was randomly assigned. Participants then filled out an internal self-compassion measure as well as a feedback acceptance measure. A moderated moderation analysis was conducted to determine if self-compassion priming increased the level of self-compassion among individuals with perfectionistic tendencies and, thus, increased feedback acceptance. No significant effects were found for self-compassion priming as a moderator. However, reported self-compassion level was approaching significance as a moderator in increasing negative feedback acceptance. Findings suggest that future research could focus on a long term self-compassion training intervention as a means to increase feedback acceptance among individuals with perfectionistic tendencies.


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