self-handicapping

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self-handicapping

the imposition of an impediment to successful performance by a person so that they can subsequently either attribute failure to the impediment rather than to lack of ability or effort, or gain increased credit for success. For example, an athlete might avoid training for a race in order to self-handicap.
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2001) found that: (a) self handicapping was predicted by emotional and motivational reasons, (b) external attribution style was associated with the need to protect one-self, and (c) uncertain personal control predicts defensive pessimism.
The lack of a relationship between self handicapping and prediction accuracy was surprising.
Predictors of academic self handicapping and achievement: Examining achievement goals, classroom goal structures, and culture.