The Self-Esteem Myth

The Self-Esteem Myth - Rebekah Unruh Exploding the...

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Rebekah Unruh Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth In the article, “Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth” the writers explain that our nation has become fascinated with self-esteem, the effect it has on our lives, and how the events in our lives affect it. Many scientists believe that low self-esteem is the cause of many social and individual problems. Because of this, people are making large efforts to try and raise people’s self-esteem. The article then goes on to talk about how there is no really effective way to measure a person’s self-esteem except through self-reports, which are generally biased. Studies found that people that rated themselves as having high self-esteem also rated themselves as physically attractive, but did not necessarily appear so to outsiders. The same happened to those who rated themselves with low self-esteem. Studies also found that having high self-esteem did not necessarily foster academic success, or make people less prone to engage in sex, illicit drug use, or aggression. In fact, in some of the studies the opposite of the favorable results was true. The article showed that
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course PSYCH 1113 taught by Professor Klippenstine during the Spring '08 term at East Central.

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