Essay on Social Cognition And Self Esteem

1477 Words Jan 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Psychologists and self-help practitioners both agree that self-esteem is a relevant component in a person’s behavior and should be taken into account when assessing their well-being. Within Psychology its precise relation to the well-being of an individual has shifted along with trends within psychology. Social cognition is an example of a psychological theory that incorporates self-esteem within its definition (Mahendran, 2015, pp. 176-178). It involves the person’s interpretation of themselves as individuals and in their interactions with others along with their social environment. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) is a self-report scale developed by Rosenberg a psychologist who supported the social cognition theory. This self-report is a reflective test to assess a person’s level of self-esteem (graded high or low) and is still applied in some cases when assessing a person’s well-being (Mahendran, 2015, pp. 159-160).

In Comparison Self-help approaches also support the belief that self-esteem plays a role in the well-being of an individual’s self-perception. Literature used by organizations such as the NHS supports the importance of self-esteem within a person’s day to day life (Mahendran, 2015, p. 158). Other projects that follow this theory, like the Dove campaign 'The Real Me ' uses self-report style questions to help young women, with the support of their mothers, find reaffirming statements to help boost their self-esteem (Mahendran, 2015, pp. 163-165).…

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