Science is ambiguous: it makes sense to develop this skill only under certain circumstances.
Self-respect has become a household name. Teachers, parents, therapists, and others have focused their efforts on boosting self-esteem on the assumption that high self-esteem will bring many positive results and benefits – an assumption that has been critically reviewed in scientific reviews. Want to know what scientists are celebrating? In this article, we will consider their points of view and draw important conclusions.
Self-esteem is closely linked to happiness.
Although the study “Does High Self-Esteem Cause Better Performance, Interpersonal Success, Happiness, or Healthier Lifestyles?” did not clearly establish a causal relationship between concepts, its authors are convinced: high self-esteem really leads to greater happiness. Under certain circumstances, low self-esteem is more likely than high self-esteem to lead to depression. Several studies support the buffering hypothesis that high self-esteem mitigates the effects of stress.
Career success is inevitable
Also, research confirms that high self-esteem encourages experimentation. For people who do not know how to manage their lives and go with the flow, this has a negative impact – they are more prone to addiction to alcohol and drugs, early sexual intercourse, and so on. For others, the lack of fear of experiments opens the way to learning new things. As an economist, for example, you can get involved in cycling or playing drums without thinking about how different your areas of interest are. This leads to the development of many skills and inevitable movement up the career ladder with the opportunities you open for yourself.
Lack of fear of failure
Laboratory research has generally not shown that self-esteem is a direct route to doing well, with the important exception that high self-esteem promotes persistence after failure. That is, in life you need to develop skills and constantly learn, regardless of whether you value yourself or not. But in terms of the number of attempts to cope with a problematic task for you, people with high self-esteem will benefit! They won’t give up, blaming their bad luck or lack of intelligence, but try again.
Science is still studying the impact of self-esteem on success in life. At this stage, there is no clear connection, and scientists are inclined to believe that the artificial development of this skill often does not make sense. But those with whom it was given by birth and was developed with the support of a close circle are clearly lucky.