Investigating Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy, and Relational Psychological Tendencies

Luke Soloman

Abstract


Self-esteem is frequently evaluated in relation to other attributes of the human persona, with emphasis often falling to how the trait affects intimate relationships. Todays society gives priority to self-esteem when individuals evaluate potential intimate partners due to schemas concerning the perceived necessity of the trait in others. It is often scrutinized that without a relatively high self-esteem, an intimate partner is more likely to exhibit undesirable behaviors such as a tendency towards introversion, an inability to address relational issues, and a proneness to being clingy. In this study, participants reported perceived levels of self-esteem, self-efficacy, and psychological positions held about intimate relationships. Results revealed six significant correlations whose implications are discussed further in this report. Of the correlations observed, the two most enlightening may be the significant positive correlation between instantaneous self-esteem and relational satisfaction, and the moderate negative correlation between instantaneous self-esteem and relational anxiety. The implications of these findings will be further discussed.


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