Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 163–171

The psychology of self-esteem: Promise or peril?

  • Richard C. Erickson

DOI: 10.1007/BF01763826

Cite this article as:
Erickson, R.C. Pastoral Psychol (1987) 35: 163. doi:10.1007/BF01763826


The psychology of self-esteem bypasses consequential issues of everyday behavior and moral responsibility in favor of pursuing a global goal of enhanced self-esteem on the assumption that happiness, success, and responsible behavior will automatically follow. The goal is vague and ways of achieving it are confused and conflicting. Greater attention to concrete tasks and challenges and sensitivity to moral issues could help make therapy more clear, effective, and socially useful.

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© Human Sciences Press 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Erickson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology Service (116)Prtland V.A. Medical CenterPortland
  2. 2.Oregon Health Sciences UniversityUSA

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