Image via WikipediaPsychologists Joanne V. Wood and John W. Lee from the University of Waterloo, and W.Q. Elaine Perunovic from the University of New Brunswick, uncovered that people with low self-esteem felt worse after repeating positive self statements.
This is indeed surprising as most self-help books and speakers on personal development tout the value of these positive statements as one of the tools to build up self-esteem.
However, the afore mentioned study does not throw all positive self-statements in bad light. The psychologists only suggest that overtly positive self-statements have a contradictory effect on people with low self-esteem.