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Psychology Today - 10 Surprising Facts about Self-Esteem

High or low, feelings of self-worth are more complex than we realize
Published on October 15, 2014 by Guy Winch, Ph.D. in The Squeaky Wheel

Self-esteem is a coveted ‘psychological accessory’ that has spawned a billion dollar industry. There are so many programs, articles, books, and products that promise to enhance your self-esteem, one might conclude that our understanding of self-esteem is quite advanced. Alas, it is not. Psychologists are still arguing about what self-esteem actually is.

But despite decades of squabbling over the definition of self-esteem, its dimensions, and functions, there are a few things psychologists do agree upon when it comes to self-esteem: