Feeling Good Without Doing Good: Comment on Orth and Robins (2022)

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

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Reviewing the literature of the past two decades, Orth and Robins (2022) conclude that high self-esteem yields reliable benefits. In this commentary, we caution that for objective outcome measures, these effects are variable and domain-dependent. The allure of high self-esteem remains largely a matter of mind and memory, not behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-19
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • Causal effect
  • Meta-analysis
  • Self-esteem
  • Animals
  • Songbirds
  • Emotions

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  • Comment
  • Journal Article


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