Toward a Conceptualization of Optimal Self-Esteem

  title={Toward a Conceptualization of Optimal Self-Esteem},
  author={Michael H. Kernis},
In this article, I present a theoretical perspective on the nature of “optimal” self-esteem. One of my major goals is to show that optimal and high self-esteem are different from each other. High self-esteem can be fragile or secure depending upon the extent to which it is defensive or genuine, contingent or true, unstable or stable, and discrepant or… CONTINUE READING