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J Pers. 2001 Oct;69(5):689-708.

The relation of self-esteem variability to emotion variability, mood, personality traits, and depressive tendencies.

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  • 1Southampton University.


The relation of self-esteem variability to personality, mood, and behavior was investigated. Self-esteem variability was measured by calculating the standard deviation of self-ratings made during a week of experience-sampling. Participants high in self-esteem variability were self-conscious, socially anxious, and avoidant of social contexts. Self-esteem variability was partially independent of the conceptually similar trait of affect-intensity. The contributions of the study to work on self-esteem stability are discussed.

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