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  A limit of the subjective age bias: Feeling younger to a certain degree, but no more, is beneficial for life satisfaction

Blöchl, M., Nestler, S., & Weiss, D. (2021). A limit of the subjective age bias: Feeling younger to a certain degree, but no more, is beneficial for life satisfaction. Psychology and Aging, 36(3), 360-372. doi:10.1037/pag0000578.

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Blöchl, Maria1, Author              
Nestler, Steffen, Author
Weiss, David, Author
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1Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634549              

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 Abstract: The majority of adults feel considerably younger than their chronological age. Numerous studies suggest that maintaining a younger subjective age is linked to greater life satisfaction. However, whether there is a limit beyond which feeling younger becomes detrimental is not well understood. Here, we use response surface analysis to examine the relationships between subjective age, chronological age, and life satisfaction in in a large sample spanning adulthood (N = 7,356; 36–89 years). We find that there is a limit to feeling younger: People who feel younger by a certain amount, but not more, have the highest levels of life satisfaction. In addition, our findings suggest that the discrepancy between subjective and chronological age at which life satisfaction is highest increases across the adult age span. Taken together, these findings reveal that beyond a certain point, feeling younger than one’s chronological age may be psychologically harmful.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-11-122021-05
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1037/pag0000578
Other: epub 2020
PMID: 33180520
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Title: Psychology and Aging
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Publ. Info: Arlington, VA : American Psychological Association (PsycARTICLES)
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 36 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 360 - 372 Identifier: ISSN: 0882-7974
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925548313