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Self-Esteem Issues and Answers : A Sourcebook of Current Perspectives - Michael H. Kernis

Self-Esteem Issues and Answers

A Sourcebook of Current Perspectives

By: Michael H. Kernis (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2006
ISBN: 9781841694207
Number Of Pages: 496

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Research and theory on self-esteem have flourished in recent years.  This resurgence has produced multiple perpectives on fundamental issues surrounding the nature of self-esteem and its role in psychological functioning and interpersonal processes.

Self-Esteem Issues and Answers brings together these various perspectives in a unique format.  The book is divided into five sections.  Section I focuses on core issues pertaining to the conceptualization and assesment of self-esteem, and when self-esteem is optimal. Section II concentrates on the determinants, development, and modifiability of self-esteem. Section III examines the evolutionary significance of self-esteem and its role in psychological processes and therapeutic settings.  Section IV explores the social, relational, and cultural significance of self-esteem.  Finally, Section V considers future directions for self-esteem researchers, practitioners, parents and teachers.

This volume offers a wealth of perspectives from prominent researchers from different areas of psychology.  Each expert contributor was asked to focus his or her chapter on a central self-esteem issue.  Three or four experts addressed each question.  The result is that Self-Esteem Issues and Answers provides a comprehensive sourcebook of current perspectives on a wide range of central self-esteem issues.


' This book is a carefully planned survey of the field of self-esteem, organized in terms of key questions posed to the field's most active and influential researchers. The essays they offer in response to the questions are focused, informative, and exact, providing a reference work that captures both the tradition of self-esteem psychology and its cutting-edge issues such as unconscious self-evaluation and the role of self-esteem in psychopathology.' - Daniel M. Wegner, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University. ' This stimulating, provocative, and compelling volume delivers just what the field of self -esteem needs most. It summarizes the status of current knowledge on the topic in an engaging and readable format - shedding light on what is known about the functioning of self-esteem, while simulataneously giving the reader a sense of the complexities involved in the concept. It does so without favouritism, not forcing pat answers, but allowing the readers to make up their own minds. This volume is a must-read for scholars and students interested in understanding the role of self-esteem in psychological and interpersonal functioning.' - Carolyn C.Morf, Professor of Psychology, University of Bern and Editor of "Self & Identity"

The three faces of self-esteemp. 4
Defining self-esteem : an often overlooked issue with crucial implicationsp. 10
What is the nature of self-esteem? : unidimensional and multidimensional perspectivesp. 16
Global self-esteem : divergent and convergent validity issuesp. 26
On the divergent and convergent validity of self-esteemp. 36
Divergent and convergent validity of self-esteem : a state perspectivep. 44
Conceptualization, measurement, and functioning of nonconscious self-esteemp. 53
Nonconscious self-esteem : is there something you're not telling yourself?p. 60
Conscious and unconscious self-esteem from the perspective of cognitive-experiential self-theoryp. 69
Assessing stability of self-esteem and contingent self-esteemp. 77
Assessing self-esteem via self-reports and nonreactive instruments : issues and recommendationsp. 88
The assessment of implicit and explicit self-esteem : lessons from motive researchp. 96
Implicit and explicit self-esteem : theoretical and methodological refinementsp. 102
Moral value, agency, and the measurement of self-esteemp. 110
What is optimal sell-esteem?p. 119
What is optimal self-esteem? : the cultivation and consequences of contingent vs. true self-esteem as viewed from the self-determination theory perspectivep. 125
Making diamonds out of coal : the role of authenticity in healthy (optimal) self-esteem and psychological functioningp. 132
The development of self-esteemp. 144
Development of the self-esteem motivep. 151
Origins and developmental influences on self-esteemp. 157
Changing self-esteem : research and practicep. 164
Self-esteem change : addressing the possibility of enduring improvements in feelings of self-worthp. 170
Improving self-esteemp. 178
A self-determination theory perspective on the interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of self-esteemp. 188
To what extent is self-esteem influenced by interpersonal as compared with intrapersonal processes? : what are these processes?p. 195
The antecedents of self-esteemp. 201
Self-knowledge and self-esteemp. 208
Pathways among self-knowledge and self-esteem : are they direct or indirect?p. 216
Who do you think you are? : on the link between self-knowledge and self-esteemp. 224
Facilitating children's self-esteem : the role of parents and teachersp. 230
Nurturing self esteem in young peoplep. 238
How can optimal self esteem be facilitated in children and adolescents by parents and teachers?p. 244
Self-esteem is central to human well-beingp. 254
Examining the role of self-esteem in psychological functioning and well-beingp. 260
Self-esteem processes are central to psychological functioning and well-beingp. 267
Having and pursuing self-esteem : costs and benefitsp. 274
Possessing and striving for high self-esteemp. 281
Should people with low self-esteem strive for high self-esteem?p. 288
Self-esteem from a clinical perspectivep. 298
Self-esteem, psychopathology, and psychotherapyp. 306
Self-esteem in therapeutic settings and emotional disordersp. 316
The evolution of self-esteemp. 328
The adaptive functions of self-evaluative psychological mechanismsp. 334
Self-esteem : evolutionary roots and historical cultivationp. 340
Self-esteem : its relational contingencies and consequencesp. 350
Self-esteem and close relationship dynamicsp. 359
Self-esteem and rejection sensitivity in close relationshipsp. 367
Does self-esteem matter equally across cultures?p. 376
Primacy of personal over collective self and cultural considerationsp. 383
What is the interface between culture and self-esteem?p. 389
The self-esteem motive : positive and negative consequences for self and societyp. 398
What role does self-esteem play in the ills and triumphs of society?p. 407
How self esteem relates to the ills and triumphs of societyp. 412
What are the most pressing issues facing researchers?p. 424
Where do we go from here?p. 430
What needs to be done?p. 439
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ISBN: 9781841694207
ISBN-10: 1841694207
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st September 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.36  x 3.56
Weight (kg): 0.92
Edition Number: 1