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Unwittingly Creating Rejection: The Perils of Seeking Support for People with Low Self-Esteem

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People with low self-esteem tend to fear social rejection. Recent research suggests this fear of rejection leads them to seek social support in ways that ironically create the very rejection they fear.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI May 10, 2019

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Mud mountains, charitable giving, and the royal baby all make an appearance in this week's roundup. See what else you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Is it Time to Give Up on Self-esteem?

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Serious questions have been raised about what, if anything, self-esteem does and whether it is as important as people usually assume.

Why You Shouldn’t Tell Your Kids They’re Smart or Talented

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If you want your kids to become great at something, the last thing you should do is to keep telling them they’re great at something.

Family Environment in Early Childhood Has Enduring Effect on Self-Esteem

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Most of us assume that the way how young children are raised shapes their evolving sense of self-esteem. Consider two examples. Rachel’s parents are warm and responsive individuals, show interest in Rachel’s feelings and opinions, and promote her cognitive development. In contrast, Sophie’s parents have persistent marital conflicts, often lack the emotional resources to pay attention to Sophie’s needs, and frequently yell at her when she does something wrong. It seems likely that Rachel develops higher self-esteem than Sophie.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI September 7, 2018

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This week's round-up includes an op-ed on the power of colloboration and integrated thinking. See what else you may have missed online.

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Low Self-Esteem Partners Create Their Own Regret in Relationship Sacrifices

Low self-esteem partners can feel vulnerable in their relationship, including feeling insecure about their partner’s support and love. In a series of studies, social psychologists in the Netherlands show that people with low self-esteem end up regretting sacrifices they make in relationships because they do not feel appreciated or supported by their partner. The results appear in the journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science.

August Tip Sheet: International Conflict, Self-Esteem, and APA Annual Convention

Take a look at three studies published this month in the journals, review experts for your next piece and find story ideas from the APA Convention in Denver.



Adaptive Disengagement Buffers Self-esteem from Negative Social Feedback

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By Jordan Leitner

Negative social feedback is an inevitable part of life. Attempts at romance sometimes fall short, some job interviews will not yield offers, and the media bombards us with messages that we lack physical attractiveness. Even highly successful individuals will experience negative feedback from time to time. How do we integrate such negative cues into our self-worth?