Self-Esteem modulations as Incentives shape behavior

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Here’s the briefest definition of Self-Esteem from Wikipedia:

Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth.

Self-Esteem modulations can be complex to analyze, but mostly people tend to act in the following ways:

  • If an agent anticipates that a behavior will increase its perceived self-esteem, then the agent will be more likely to complete this behavior, all things equal.
  • If an agent anticipates that a behavior will decrease its perceived self-esteem, then the agent will be less likely to complete this behavior, all things equal.

Self-Esteem modulations are subjective views of a person’s self by this person. The views of other peoples can of course influence the agent’s own view of itself, but only indirectly.

Social Acceptance/Rejection is the tendency taking into account directly other people’s view and shaping the agent behavior. Self-Esteem Modulations and Social Acceptance/Rejection are closely linked, but different, behavioral Tendencies.

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