January 05, 2005
Scientific American considers self-esteem. I was particularly pleased by reports of a 1995 study by Edward F. Diener and Brian Wolsic of the University of Illinois and Frank Fujita of Indiana University South Bend (via Zacht Ei).
This discrepancy should be sobering. What seemed at first to be a strong link between physical good looks and high self-esteem turned out to be nothing more than a pattern of consistency in how favorably people rate themselves. A parallel phenomenon affects those with low self-esteem, who are prone to floccinaucinihilipilification, a highfalutin word (among the longest in the Oxford English Dictionary) but one that we can't resist using here, it being defined as "the action or habit of estimating as worthless." That is, people with low self-esteem are not merely down on themselves; they are negative about everything.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 5, 2005 06:08 AM
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