Essay on Self-Esteem

2098 Words Aug 10th, 2013 9 Pages
Self-Esteem over Logic and Beliefs
Columbia College, Missouri

Abstract
Self-Esteem gives a person the right to value themselves. Our self-esteem sometimes overpowers our logic, and can lead us to act in ways that are not always our own. This paper examines how the following theories; Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, Self- Evaluation Maintenance Theory, Self-Affirmation Theory, Rationalization Trap and Self-Discrepancy Theory impact a person's self-esteem decisions. Where people in different cases come to realize that the choices they have made overpower their superior perfect logic, they have to deal with the consequences that come along with the choices they have made.

Self-Esteem over Logic and Beliefs
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This clearly shows how elements of life depend on the type of knowledge and wisdom used. When we use this knowledge and wisdom, we can better the strategies we have so that we can achieve more. It should also be stated that individuals have different ways of looking at conflicts or situations. Because of this vast difference, the way they accomplish tasks differs as well. Note that when someone does not carry out his strategies well, they are bound to fail.
Theory of Cognitive Dissonance Cognitive dissonance can be defined as “a feeling of discomfort caused by performing an action that runs counter to one’s customary (typically positive) conception of oneself” (Aronson, Wilson & Akert, 2010). The body’s natural way of keeping one’s self-esteem high is to counteract that by either changing our actions or to talk ourselves into believing that what we have done was the right thing to do in the moment (2010). For example, a female student chooses to take a job stripping in a night club after spending three months looking for a job. She struggles with this decision mentally because she was raised in a strict, religious household. Her up-bringing and the need to pay tuition become two points that challenge her positive self-esteem. The female student will make concessions to her beliefs to keep her self-esteem high saying things like “this is my only choice so

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