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Exploring what positive self-regard really takes—and why it matters
Christopher Mruk, Ph.D.
Self-esteem is about more that just you. Your self-esteem affects others—and their self-esteem can affect your relationships and your sense of self.
Have you ever wondered where to look for authentic self-esteem? Where does it come from? There are four sources of authentic self-esteem that can increase well-being.
Why think about authentic self-esteem? Because it has two important functions we all need for well-being.
What are the differences between low, defensive, medium, and authentic self-esteem?
Self-esteem can be seen in terms of success or competence, feeling good about oneself or worthiness, or as a relationship between competence and worthiness. But there's a catch.
Some criticize the concept of self-esteem, not realizing it is defined in three ways. Two lead to intellectual, behavioral, and social problems; the third does not.
Christopher Mruk, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University and the author of Feeling Good by Doing Good: A Guide to Authentic Self-Esteem and Well-Being.