Is the desire for status a fundamental human motive? A review of the empirical literature.

  title={Is the desire for status a fundamental human motive? A review of the empirical literature.},
  author={Cameron Anderson and John Angus D Hildreth and Laura Howland},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={141 3},
The current review evaluates the status hypothesis, which states that that the desire for status is a fundamental motive. Status is defined as the respect, admiration, and voluntary deference individuals are afforded by others. It is distinct from related constructs such as power, financial success, and social belongingness. A review of diverse literatures lent support to the status hypothesis: People's subjective well-being, self-esteem, and mental and physical health appear to depend on the… Expand
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