05/07/2009

The downside of positive self-statements

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Psychologists 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.

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