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Mattering

Mattering is the sense of being significant and valued by other people. It is a unique element of the self-concept that is regarded as essential to an individual’s health and well-being. Over a century ago, William James acknowledged the importance of mattering. He observed that even individuals, who have high self-esteem in terms of liking themselves and feeling confident and capable, will be doomed to unhappiness if they do not feel important to other people. This entry defines the concept of mattering and how it is assessed; explores the personal, interpersonal, and societal benefits associated with feelings of mattering to other people; and addresses the need for further research on how mattering affects individuals across the life span.

Conceptualizing Mattering

The mattering construct was introduced by Morris ...

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