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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (6) : 1012-1024     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.01012
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 Self-uncertainty: Concepts, structures, and theories
 YANG Qing1; BI Chongzeng1; LI Lin2; HUANG Xiting1
 (1 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (2 Institute of Applied Psychology, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China)
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Abstract   Self-uncertainty, which is induced by confusion/suspicion of important regarding one’s psychological characteristics, is defined as a feeling of inconsistency and discontinuity, when contradictions or conflicts arise among one’s cognitions, experiences, and behaviors. This article summarizes the literature on self-uncertainty and proposes a conceptual model, suggesting that its structure is composed of three dimensions: cognitive, affective and motivational. This article then introduces and integrates related theories and models in terms of uncertainty management. Future research should a) clearly define the concept of self-uncertainty and focus on the cultural difference factor; b) test different uncertainty management strategies with multiple perspectives; c) explore the mechanisms of self-uncertainty inducement and management; and d) explore how best to instruct people to take precautions against self-uncertainty and its management, instead of passively accepting the experience.
Keywords  self-uncertainty      self      meaning-making      self-actualization      cultural worldview defense     
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Corresponding Authors: HUANG Xiting, E-mail: xthuang@swu.edu.cn     E-mail: E-mail: xthuang@swu.edu.cn
Just Accepted Date: 27 April 2017  
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YANG Qing,BI Chongzeng,LI Lin, et al.  Self-uncertainty: Concepts, structures, and theories[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(6): 1012-1024.
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