Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth
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This paper discusses the subject of self-esteem and its effect on the various aspects of a person's life. It looks particularly at an article written by Baumeister, Campbell, Krueger, and Vohs' entitled ''Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth'' which seeks to review the scientific literature on the study of self-esteem. They report on findings involving academic achievement, influence on a person's love life and sexual activity and also on the correlation between the level of self-esteem and the illicit use of drugs and alcohol.
From the Paper:''Still another finding of Baumeister et al. "suggests that artificially boosting self-esteem may lower subsequent performance (2005)." Consequently, this may be true to some of the personal observations gathered by anyone. Take for instance the football jocks, cheerleaders or "famous" campus personalities. They may have a bevy of friends and are idolized by a lot of students because they are "high up there in the totem pole." These people are those almost everyone and any one would like to emulate; but perchance these are the same people that do not fare well academically despite their high self-esteem. Again, the findings of Baumeister et al. prove that self-esteem does not mean performing positively in the academic milieu. As what the four of them wrote in their article: "Logic suggests that having a good dollop of self-esteem would enhance striving and persistence in school, while making a student less likely to succumb to paralyzing feelings of incompetence or self-doubt. Modern studies have, however, cast doubt on the idea that higher self-esteem eventually induces students to do better (Baumeister et al., 2005)" It is true then that self-esteem does not really mean excellent performance at school or at work. Performing well in these arenas mean taking responsibility to strive and work hard at achieving success.''
Sample of Sources Used:
- Boeree, C. George. "Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)." Personality Theories. 2006. 24 March 2009. <http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/maslow.html>.
- Baumeister, Roy F., Campbell, Jennifer D., Krueger, Joachim I. and Vohs, Kathleen D. "Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth." Scientific American Mind. January 2005. 24 March 2009. <http://www.chem.ubc.ca/faculty/wang/wisdom/Self-Esteem-article.pdf>.
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