We may not be fair or objective in some of our judgments.
This may be especially true with respect to judging ourselves.
We may be motivated to have a positive self-concept and high
self-esteem. As a result, we may be biased in how we perceived
ourselves. What is the self-serving bias? The self-serving bias
is an important concept in psychology. Below is one definition
of the self-serving bias:
Self-serving Bias Definition:
The self-serving bias is the tendency to judge oneself in a
positive manner even when the positive evaluation is not
Self-serving Bias Examples:
There may be a number of good examples of the self-serving
bias. Below are some self-serving bias examples:
1. Believing that you are more intelligent than you actually are.
2. Believing that a positive outcome (e.g., writing a best-selling
book) is completely due to your talents when it may be partly
explained by chance factors or the efforts of others.
3. Blaming a negative outcome in your life on other people or
bad luck when it may be partly due to making bad decisions.
4. Believing that you can become a famous singer when most
people have doubted your singing ability.