Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Fenigstein, Allan

  • Allan FenigsteinEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1529-1

Early Life and Educational Background

Allan Fenigstein was born on June 30, 1947, in Frankfurt, Germany. He and his Holocaust-surviving parents immigrated to Brooklyn, NY, in July, 1949. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1969 at Brooklyn College of the CUNY and earned his Ph.D. in Personality/Social Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin in 1974 under the tutelage of Arnold Buss. His Ph.D. thesis involved the development of the Self-Consciousness Scale as a measure of relatively stable individual differences in private and public self-consciousness.

Professional Career

He began his professional career in 1974 as an assistant professor of psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was tenured in 1980 and became full professor in 1989. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, the Pacific Medical Center, the University of Miami in Florida, the University of Kent at Canterbury, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the...

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Selected Bibliography

  1. Cooper, E., & Fenigstein, A. (2014). The faking orgasm scale for women: Psychometric properties. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(3) 423–435.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Fenigstein, A. (1979a). Self-consciousness, self-attention, and social interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37, 75–86.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Fenigstein, A. (1979b). Does aggression cause a preference for viewing media violence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37, 2158–2168.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Fenigstein, A. (1984). Self-consciousness and the overperception of self as a target. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 47, 860–870.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  6. Fenigstein, A. (1997). Paranoid thought and self-schematic processing. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 16, 77–94.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Fenigstein, A. (1998). Were obedience pressures a factor in the Holocaust? Analyse and Kritik, 20, 1–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Fenigstein, A., & Abrams, D. (1993). Self-attention and the egocentric assumption of shared perspectives. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 29, 287–303.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  10. Fenigstein, A., & Levine, M. L. (1984). Self-attention, concept activation, and the causal self. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 20, 231–245.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Fenigstein, A., & Peltz, R. (2002). Distress over the infidelity of a child’s spouse: A crucial test of evolutionary and socialization hypotheses. Personal Relationships, 9, 301–312.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  14. Fenigstein, A., Scheier, M. F., & Buss, A. H. (1975). Public and private self-consciousness: Assessment and theory. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 43, 522–527.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kenyon CollegeGambierUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jon Sefcek
    • 1
  1. 1.Kent State UniversityKentUSA