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Self-Esteem, Effects on Relationships

  • By: Joanne V. Wood, Amanda L. Hogle & Jennifer C. D. McClellan
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

A widespread belief in popular culture is that to truly love others, one must first love oneself. That is, global self-esteem—one's overall evaluation of and liking for oneself—must be high and secure. This entry examines research relevant to this belief. It ...

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