Professor Michael Kernis died of cancer on April 23, 2009, in Duluth, Georgia. He was 54 years old. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Kernis' work.
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My major research interests are in the areas of self and motivational processes. Currently, my research falls primarily within three areas: (a) the causes and consequences of possessing secure vs. fragile self-esteem, (b) individual differences in authentic functioning, and (c) mindfulness. Other research interests of mine include anger and aggressive behavior and close relationships.
I have received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation to conduct research on fragile self-esteem and its role in psychological functioning. Ongoing projects are examining the role of fragile self-esteem in prejudice, close relationships, and psychological well-being.
- Close Relationships
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
- Hoyle, R. H., Kernis, M. H., Leary, M. R., & Baldwin, M. W. (1999). Selfhood: Identity, esteem, regulation. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
- Kernis, M. H. (Ed.). (1995). Efficacy, agency, and self-esteem. New York: Plenum Press.
- Kernis, M. H. (Ed.). (2006). Self-esteem issues and answers: A sourcebook of current perspectives. New York: Psychology Press.
- Campbell, W. K., Bosson, J. K., Goheen, T. W., Lakey, C. E., & Kernis, M. H. (2007). Do narcissists dislike themselves “deep down inside”? Psychological Science, 18(3), 227-229.
- Foster, J. D., Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2007). Linking adult attachment to self-esteem stability. Self and Identity, 6(1), 64-73.
- Kernis, M. H. (2005). Measuring self-esteem in context: The importance of stability of self-esteem in psychological functioning. Journal of Personality, 73, 1569-1605.
- Kernis, M. H. (2003). Toward a conceptualization of optimal self-esteem. Psychological Inquiry, 14, 1-26.
- Kernis, M. H., Abend, T., Shrira, I., Goldman, B. M., Paradise, A., & Hampton, C. (2005). Self-serving responses as a function of discrepancies between implicit and explicit self-esteem. Self and Identity, 4, 311-330.
- Kernis, M. H., Brockner, J., & Frankel, B. S. (1989). Self-esteem and reactions to failure: The mediating role of overgeneralization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57(4), 707-714.
- Kernis, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Sun, C.-R., Berry, A., & Harlow, T. (1993). There's more to self-esteem than whether it is high or low: The importance of stability of self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65(6), 1190-1204.
- Kernis, M. H., Grannemann, B. D., & Barclay, L. C. (1989). Stability and level of self-esteem as predictors of anger arousal and hostility. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56(6), 1013-1022.
- Kernis, M. H., Grannemann, B. D., & Mathis, L. C. (1991). Stability of self-esteem as a moderator of the relation between level of self-esteem and depression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61(1), 80-84.
- Kernis, M. H., Zuckerman, M., Cohen, A., & Spadafora, S. (1982). Persistence following failure: The interactive role of self-awareness and the attributional basis for negative expectancies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 43(6), 1184-1191.
- Reis, H. T., Wheeler, L., Kernis, M. H., Spiegel, N., & Nezlek, J. (1985). On specificity in the impact of social participation on physical and psychological health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 48(2), 456-471.
- Reis, H. T., Wheeler, L., Spiegel, N., Kernis, M. H., Nezlek, J., & Perri, M. (1982). Physical attractiveness in social interaction: II. Why does appearance affect social experience? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 43(5), 979-996.
- Zuckerman, M., Kernis, M. R., Driver, R., & Koestner, R. (1984). Segmentation of behavior: Effects of actual deception and expected deception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 46(5), 1173-1182.
- Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2006). A multicomponent conceptualization of authenticity: Research and theory. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 38, pp. 284-357). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2006). Assessing stability of self-esteem and contingent self-esteem. In M. H. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem issues and answers: A sourcebook of current perspectives (pp. 77-85). New York: Psychology Press.
- Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2005). Authenticity: A multicomponent perspective. In A. Tesser, J. Wood, & D. Stapel (Eds.), On building, defending, and regulating the self: A psychological perspective (pp. 31-52). New York: Psychology Press.
- Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2005). Authenticity, social motivation, and well-being. In J. P. Forgas, K. D. Williams, & S. M. Laham (Eds.), Social motivation: Conscious and unconscious processes (pp. 210-227). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.