Self-Esteem and Meaning: A Life Historical Investigation

Self-Esteem and Meaning: A Life Historical Investigation

by Michael R. Jackson

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Self-esteem. Not only does it affect our identity and values, but also our feelings and actions in a variety of circumstances. Yet, after years of investigation, little of practical value has been learned about its nature.

Self-Esteem and Meaning brings a new approach to the study of self-esteem. It presents case studies based on extended interviews with middle- and working-class individuals. Weaving together the subjects’ frank and often poignant accounts of their own lives are the author’s observations on the linguistic and semiotic principles that reveal the coherence and meaningfulness of these accounts.

The book also contributes to the methodological effort to develop a humanistic yet rigorous social science. Those interested in the structure of meaning and the nature of self will find it of value. In addition, the book provides an enlightening discussion of the interview method.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438407685
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/30/1985
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
File size: 290 KB

About the Author

Michael R. Jackson is Staff Psychologist at the Wyandotte General Hospital, Wyandotte, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents


One Self-Esteem and the Problem of Meaning

Two The Dimensions of Self-Esteem

Three The Central Conflict: Defense and Resolution

Four The Limits of Self-Esteem

Five Self and Other

Appendix: The Question of Validity



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