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Date:4/30/2008

g rather than a healthy psychological outlook," he said.

"We aren't suggesting there's something wrong with people when they want to feel good about themselves," the researchers wrote. "What we are saying is that when feeling good about themselves becomes a prime directive, for these people, excessive defensiveness and self-promotion are likely to follow, the self-esteem is likely to be fragile rather than secure, and any psychological benefits will be very limited."

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The American Psychological Association has more about self-esteem.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Georgia, news release, April 28, 2008


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