State of the Art: Self-esteem

Bernice Andrews on current directions in research
WE are the only species with the ability to self-reflect, and the nature and origins of our self-judgements have engaged psychologists and sociologists since the early days of both disciplines. An extensive and enduring interest in self-esteem in the social sciences is reflected by the large number of articles published on the subject: in a recent computer search I found around 1500 published articles in the last 10 years, and 10 times that amount using the word ‘self’ in the title — many of which also dealt with self-esteem. This surely is a subject close to our hearts.

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