Understanding the Vital Human Quest for Self-Esteem

  title={Understanding the Vital Human Quest for Self-Esteem},
  author={Jeff Greenberg},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={48 - 55}
  • J. Greenberg
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
Authors have long noted the human penchant for self-esteem. Experimental research has revealed that this desire for self-esteem has wide-ranging effects on cognition, emotion, and behavior. Terror management theory explains that this desire for self-esteem results from a fundamental need for psychological security, which is engendered by humans' awareness of their own vulnerability and mortality. A large body of evidence has supported this explanation. Specifically, substantial lines of… 

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