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The Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology is an essential resource for researchers and students of social psychology and related disciplines.

Sociometer Theory
Sociometer theory
Mark R.Leary
Abstract

Sociometer theory proposes that self-esteem is a psychological gauge of the degree to which people perceive that they are relationally valued and socially accepted by other people. In conceptualizing self-esteem as the output of a system that monitors and responds to interpersonal acceptance ...

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