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Sociometer Hypothesis

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The sociometer hypothesis is rooted in the historical tradition of psychology explaining the existence of self-esteem. According to this hypothesis, self-esteem acts as a gauge that measures the quality and state of an individual's relationships with other people. The foundational premise for the hypothesis states that people are pervasively driven to possess and maintain meaningful interpersonal relationships and group memberships. It would then follow that some type of mechanism would evolve that could monitor the status of ...

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