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In psychology, self-esteem or self-worth is a person's self-image at an emotional level; circumventing reason and logic. The term differs from ego in that the ego is a more artificial aspect; one can remain highly egotistical, while underneath have very low self-esteem. The maintenance of a healthy degree of self-esteem is a central task within psychotherapy, where patients often suffer from excess degrees of self-criticism, hampering their ability to function.

Much debate about self-esteem centres on the definition of the term. New Age thought can provide self-serving views of the concept; other views can discount the existence or merely the usefulness of the idea.

Compare hubris, narcissism,

See also Adam Smith (self-love as an economic motivation).

External links

  • PSY: NYT: Deflating Self-Esteem's Role in Society's Ills (http://www.wetheliving.com/pipermail/psychology/2002-October/000195.html)
  • Counseling To Enhance Self-Esteem (http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-9219/self.htm)
  • Self-Esteem and Narcissism: Implications for Practice (http://www.ericdigests.org/1993/esteem.htm)
  • A Buddhist View on Lack of Self-confidence (http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/self-confidence.html)
  • Article on self-esteem from NLP Weekly (http://www.nlpweekly.com/index.php?p=71)

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Self-esteem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1659 words)
The research on egocentrism and ethnocentrism that informed discussion of human growth and development in the mid-20th century is ignored; indeed, the terms themselves are considered politically incorrect.
The language most in favor is that which exalts the self — self-expression, self-assertion, self-indulgence, self-realization, self-approval, self-acceptance, self-love, and the ubiquitous self-esteem — (Ruggiero, 2000).
Psychologists who agree with this view dismiss Baumeister's findings and say that what he mistakes as 'high self esteem' in criminals is in fact narcissism and because it is an inflated opinion of self that is built on the shaky ground and the violence comes when that opinion is threatened.
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