Fragile self-esteem and self-enhancement
Davis, Patti Jeane
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I predicted that self-esteem level and stability, or self-esteem level and self-esteem contingency would predict self-enhancement in participants. By using a self-assessment method and a regression analysis of the differences between their estimated and actual scores, one of the markers of fragile self-esteem, self-esteem contingency, significantly predicted performance estimation in e-words. For persons with high self-esteem, the more contingent their self-esteem, the more likely they were to self-enhance. In contrast, for persons with low self-esteem, the more contingent their self-esteem, the less likely they were to self-enhance. Future directions include looking at additional measures of self-enhancement and its relationship to other psychological constructs.