Self-Esteem pp 131-145 | Cite as

Self-Esteem, Self-Prediction, and Living up to Commitments

  • Todd F. Heatherton
  • Nalini Ambady
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


In this chapter, we examine the role of self-esteem in complex self- regulation. Although high self-esteem generally is associated with superior self-regulation (Bandura, 1989; Taylor, 1989), we present evidence indicating that high self-esteem may interfere with self-regulation when self-esteem is threatened. We propose that an optimal level of self- esteem is important for successfully making and living up to commitments.


Binge Eating Challenging Goal External Attribution Positive Illusion Unsolvable Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd F. Heatherton
    • 1
  • Nalini Ambady
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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