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Sociometer Theory

  • By: Mark R. Leary
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Sociometer Theory proposes that self-esteem is an internal, subjective gauge of the degree to which people perceive that they are relationally valued and socially accepted by other people. The sociometer approach to self-esteem differs from most traditional explanations in suggesting ...

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