Exploding the self-esteem myth

Roy F. Baumeister, Jennifer D. Campbell, Joachim I. Krueger, Kathleen D. Vohs

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Boosting people's sense of self worth in fostering academic progress or preventing undesirable behavior is discussed. The attention to self-esteem has become a communal concern for people who see a favorable opinion of oneself as the psychological source from which all manner of positive outcomes spring. People recognize the importance of self-esteem to their psychological health, and most of them try to enhance it whenever possible. The fact that low self-esteem lies at the root of individual and societal problems and dysfunctions has sustained an ambitious social agenda for decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalScientific American
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


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