Santo is having lunch with a friend and his brother. During lunch, Santo’s brother says “Santo is a tinkerer. He loves to figure out how things work by taking items apart and studying them.” This surprises Santo at first, but his brother continues to list three of Santo’s most recent “projects” in which he took apart a toaster, a boat engine, and a lawn mower and learned how to repair each one. Which action taken by Santo would illustrate self-perception theory?

A. Santo decides he should avoid taking things apart.
B. Santo begins to call himself a “tinkerer” when introducing himself to others.
C. Santo begins to experience dejection-related emotions.
D. Santo decides to ask others for their help in learning how objects work.

ANSWER:

B. Santo begins to call himself a “tinkerer” when introducing himself to others.