To Boost Your Self-esteem, Write About Chapters Of Your Life


Previous research found that people who are inclined to tell more positive stories about their lives, including referring to more instances of personal redemption, also tend to enjoy higher self-esteem and “self-concept clarity”. This work was purely correlational, but it raises the possibility that prompting people to write about their lives might be psychologically beneficial, especially if they have positive things to say.

In a recent paper in the Journal of Personality, Kristina L Steiner at Denison University in Ohio and her colleagues looked into these questions and reported that writing about chapters in your life does indeed lead to a modest, temporary self-esteem boost, and that in fact this benefit arises regardless of how positive your stories are. Continue reading →

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