Positive Self-Statements

@article{Wood2009PositiveS,
  title={Positive Self-Statements},
  author={Joanne V. Wood and W.Q. Elaine Perunovic and John W. Lee},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={20},
  pages={860 - 866}
}
Positive self-statements are widely believed to boost mood and self-esteem, yet their effectiveness has not been demonstrated. We examined the contrary prediction that positive self-statements can be ineffective or even harmful. A survey study confirmed that people often use positive self-statements and believe them to be effective. Two experiments showed that among participants with low self-esteem, those who repeated a positive self-statement (“I'm a lovable person”) or who focused on how… Expand

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