Influences and Importance of Self-Awareness, Self-Evaluation and Self-Esteem


Heidi R. Thomas (Editor)

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY007000

Self-esteem forms a critical component of mental health, as an absence of self-esteem is associated with mental disorders like depression and even suicidal ideation. As such, understanding the nature and meaning of self-esteem and related phenomena like self-perception is essential for treatment of a variety of mental illnesses. Chapter One utilizes terror management theory to explain what self-esteem is, how the need for self-esteem develops, how people attain and maintain self-esteem, and why self-esteem is so important for psychological well-being. Chapter Two demonstrates how self-esteem is the fundamental mental attitude that provides the qualities necessary to perform democracy and reject authoritarian threats. Chapter Three deals with the definition of self-awareness, the description of the neural substrates that have been associated with it, and the examination of an interpretive neuroanatomical model of the phenomenon, with a focus on neurological and neuropsychological diseases. Chapter Four advocates a culture of self-evaluation as part of academic and professional culture through critical reflection on teaching and the results of one’s own work. Chapter Five analyzes self-concept as a predictor of the academic self-efficacy perceived by adolescents. Lastly, Chapter Six studies the relationship between testosterone levels and self-esteem in school-age boys and girls.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Understanding what Self-Esteem Is and Why it Matters: A Terror Management Perspective
(Uri Lifshin, Dylan E. Horner and Jeff Greenberg – School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya Israel, et al.)

Chapter 2. Self-Esteem as a Mindset for Strengthening the Democratic Way of Thinking
(Cristiana Senigaglia – Philosophical Faculty, University of Passau, Passau, Germany)

Chapter 3. What is Reduced Self-Awareness? An Overview of Interpretative Models, Bioethical Issues and Neuroimaging Findings
(S. Palermo – Diagnostic and Technology Department, Neuroradiology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 4. Self-Evaluation in Higher Education: Students’ Reflections in Building Professional Identity and Teaching Quality
(Daria Tot – Department of Educational Studies, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Faculty of Teacher Education, Croatia)

Chapter 5. Self-Concept as a Predictor of Perceived Academic Self-Efficacy in Adolescents
(Maria Victoria Montesinos García, Inmaculada Méndez, Cecilia Ruiz-Esteban, and José Manuel García Fernández – University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 6. Influence of Testosterone on School-Age Children’s Self-Esteem
(Eider Pascual-Sagastizabal, and Aitziber Azurmendi – Department of Basics Psychological Processes and their Development, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain)


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