A preview of today's schools feature story, from BGSU Firelands:
Self-esteem isn't just about feeling good — it's about earning the feeling.
Christopher Mruk, a psychology professor at BGSU Firelands, debunks such self-esteem misconceptions in the fourth edition of his popular academic text "Self-Esteem and Positive Psychology: Research, Theory and Practice."
Mruk recently published the book's fourth edition last month. It aims to correctly define self-esteem using "positive psychology," a blending of competence and worthiness to create one powerful, complete definition.
The professor worked as a clinical psychologist for six years and has taught at BGSU Firelands since 1984. His book, first published in 1994, has been used in colleges both nationally and internationally.
Click below to view a diagram from Mruk's book. It illustrates how healthy self-esteem is a delicate balance of competence and worthiness and what problems can arise from an imbalance on either side.