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Low Self-Esteem Partners Create Their Own Regret in Relationship Sacrifices

Low self-esteem partners can feel vulnerable in their relationship, including feeling insecure about their partner’s support and love. In a series of studies, social psychologists in the Netherlands show that people with low self-esteem end up regretting sacrifices they make in relationships because they do not feel appreciated or supported by their partner. The results appear in the journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science.

August Tip Sheet: International Conflict, Self-Esteem, and APA Annual Convention

Take a look at three studies published this month in the journals, review experts for your next piece and find story ideas from the APA Convention in Denver.

 

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JOURNALS
 

Adaptive Disengagement Buffers Self-esteem from Negative Social Feedback

By Jordan Leitner

Negative social feedback is an inevitable part of life. Attempts at romance sometimes fall short, some job interviews will not yield offers, and the media bombards us with messages that we lack physical attractiveness. Even highly successful individuals will experience negative feedback from time to time. How do we integrate such negative cues into our self-worth?

A relationship with God?

By Kristin Laurin

I have relationships with lots of people. I have relationships with my parents and sisters. I have relationships with my friends and colleagues. I have a relationship with my girlfriend. I even have a relationship with the cashier at the Trader Joe’s who doesn’t make me feel bad when all I buy is chips, beer and chocolate peanut butter cups. But do I have a relationship with God? Could I have a relationship with God that bears a psychologically meaningful resemblance to my relationships with the important people in my life?