Monday, January 17, 2005

The myth of self-esteem

If you know people with high self-esteem, and people with low self-esteem, you probably noticed that, generally speaking, those with high self-esteem have a better life. Better jobs, better relationships, better social events. The grass is greener on their side. But is it true, or is that the case that high self-esteem makes everything look more positive?

We've heard it before, it seems intuitive that people with low self-esteem would drink more, abuse drugs, have bad sexual experiences, and be more violent. Bullying, we're all led to believe, is just one way in which low self-esteem manifests. But is that true, or a story we made up to appease ourselves? Could we be treating personal problems the wrong way by focusing on the wrong factors?

If we dropped the myths, and ignored the personal ancedotes that support them, and did an objective search, what would we find? This Scientific American article has an answer.

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Blogger nomadichermit said...

i remember the conversation we had on this and i agree. perception is everything. i think it goes hand in hand with the polls that ask what makes people happy at their jobs. most people will say the reason they're willing to stay at their jobs is because of the environment, not necessarily the pay/benefits. company morale is important. happy people tend to have higher self-esteems. happy people are generally more productive. happy, high-self-esteem people see an amount of money and they're okay with it more so than okay so i'm not making much sense. you know what i mean. bah.

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Blogger nomadichermit said...

i remember the conversation we had on this and i agree. perception is everything. i think it goes hand in hand with the polls that ask what makes people happy at their jobs. most people will say the reason they're willing to stay at their jobs is because of the environment, not necessarily the pay/benefits. company morale is important. happy people tend to have higher self-esteems. happy people are generally more productive. happy, high-self-esteem people see an amount of money and they're okay with it more so than okay so i'm not making much sense. you know what i mean. bah.

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