The pursuit of self-esteem: contingencies of self-worth and self-regulation.

@article{Crocker2006ThePO,
  title={The pursuit of self-esteem: contingencies of self-worth and self-regulation.},
  author={Jennifer Crocker and Amara T. Brook and Yu Niiya and Mark A. Villacorta},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  year={2006},
  volume={74 6},
  pages={1749-71}
}
Successful self-regulation is defined as the willingness to exert effort toward one's most important goals, while taking setbacks and failures as opportunities to learn, identify weaknesses and address them, and develop new strategies toward achieving those goals. Contingencies of self-worth can facilitate self-regulation because people are highly motivated to succeed and avoid failure in domains of contingency. However, because boosts in self-esteem are pleasurable and drops in self-esteem are… CONTINUE READING