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1st Edition


ISBN 9781848721449
Published April 19, 2013 by Psychology Press
200 Pages

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Book Description

In this edited collection a distinguished set of contributors present a broad overview of psychological research on self-esteem. Each chapter is written by leading experts in the field, and surveys current research on a particular issue concerning self-esteem. Together, the chapters provide a comprehensive overview of one of the most popular topics in psychology.

Each chapter presents an in-depth review of particular issues concerning self-esteem, such as the connection that self-esteem has with the self-concept and psychological adjustment. A number of further topics are covered in the book, including:

  • How individuals pursue self-esteem
  • The developmental changes in feelings of self-worth over the life span.
  • The existence of multiple forms of high self-esteem
  • The role that self-esteem plays as an interpersonal signal
  • The protective properties associated with the possession of high self-esteem

This collection of state-of-the-art reviews of key areas of the psychological literature on self-esteem will be of great interest to researchers, and academics, and also to graduate and advanced undergraduate students of social psychology.

Table of Contents

Virgil Zeigler-Hill, The Current State of Research Concerning Self-Esteem. Carolin J. Showers and Christopher P. Ditzfeld, Evaluative Organization: The Self-Concept in Social and Emotional Contexts. Kali H. Trzesniewski, M. Brent Donnellan, and Richard W. Robins, Development of Self-Esteem. Christian H. Jordan and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Secure and Fragile Forms of Self-esteem. Tracy DeHart, Reyna Peña, and Howard Tennen, The Development of Explicit and Implicit Self-esteem and their Role in Psychological Adjustment. Margaret S. Clark, Self-Esteem and Interpersonal Relationships. Tom Pyszczynski and Pelin Kesebir, Existential Functions of Self-Esteem. Lora E. Park and Jennifer Crocker, Pursuing self-esteem: Implications for self-regulation and relationships. Jessica Cameron, Jennifer MacGregor, & Christine Chang, Badge of Honor or Shame: Self-Esteem as an Interpersonal Signal. Christopher J. Mruk and Edward J. O’Brien, Changing Self-Esteem Through Competence and Worthiness Training: A Positive Therapy.

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Virgil Zeigler-Hill is a social-personality psychologist at Oakland University, USA. He conducts research concerning self-esteem, narcissism, the structure of the self-concept, and interpersonal relationships.


"This book is concise, thorough, and powerful. … In order to tease apart the complex issue of self-esteem, Zeigler-Hill (Oakland Univ.) brought together an impressive array of well-known and rising researchers and scholars. … The writing is engaging and scholarly, and the content is relevant. Those who work with individuals with self-esteem issues and those who study the concept from a more theoretical point of view will find much of value in this work. This is another fine addition to the "Current Issues in Social Psychology" series. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners."
—R. E. Osborne, Texas State University--San Marcos, CHOICE, February 2014

Self-Esteem is a must-read for researchers and educators who are interested in the topic of self-esteem. The book presents a timely, balanced, and comprehensive overview of research on self-esteem with chapters by some of the most prominent researchers in the field. The authors have grounded the chapters soundly in relevant theory and research. The book presents various aspects of self-esteem and reviews key areas of the psychological literature that are relevant to self-esteem. The chapters deal with issues such as the association that self-esteem has with the self-concept and psychological adjustment, the pursuit of self-esteem, developmental changes in feelings of self-worth over the life span, and the existence of multiple forms of high self-esteem. This book will be a useful tool and of great interest to researchers and educators as well as graduate and advanced undergraduate students in personality, social, or clinical psychology. This is a state-of-the-art compendium that presents current thinking about the effects of self-esteem on the lives of individuals and what we can do about it. Avi Besser, Department of Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Research in Personality, Life Transitions, and Stressful Life Events, Sapir Academic College, Israel

Scholarly and public fascination with self-esteem will never abate, it seems. This volume offers the state-the-art in thriving self-esteem research and practice. The eight chapters, written by leading figures in the field, address such issues as: how self-esteem develops, what is the relation between self-structure and self-esteem, why people pursue self-esteem, what constitutes healthy self-esteem, whether self-esteem is associated with important life outcomes, how self-esteem contributes to psychological adjustment, and how self-esteem can be changed. This well-edited volume will be a valuable tool for students, researchers, and practitioners alike. - Constantine Sedikides, Department of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK