Lecture by Prof. Jeniffer Crocker(Ohio State University) was held on November 1, 2012.
Date: November 1, 2012 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Large Conference Hall, 3rd Floor, Inamori Center, Kyoto University
Moderator: Dr. Yukiko Uchida (Associate Professor, Kokoro Research center,Kyoto Univ.)
Title: The Constructed Self: The Costly Pursuit of Self-Esteem and Other’s Regard
Dr. Jeniffer Crocker(Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, Ohio State University)
Abstract:People use both intrapersonal and interpersonal strategies to construct a sense of self-worth. Intrapersonally, people attempt to succeed in areas where self-worth is contingent. Interpersonally, they attempt to demonstrate their positive qualities to others so others to have a positive image of them. I will present research suggesting that these strategies may lead to short-term boosts but have long-term costs, because they undermine fundamental human needs for growth and connection―needs that are more effectively met by focusing on giving to others, rather than constructing self-esteem.