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Self-perception of the body linked with general self-esteem

August 11, 2019

The current study, involving 1,831 university students from the four countries, focuses specifically on self-perception of the body - for example, how strong or fit the test subjects consider themselves to be and how attractive they believe their bodies to be.

"The results show that self-perception of the body, primarily in those areas that were considered to be important, is linked with general self-esteem," says Lindwall.

"In general, our study - along with plenty of other research in the field - paints a completely different and more complicated picture of self-esteem than that set out in best-selling popular psychology books," says Lindwall. "These books are often based on a person's own experiences and anecdotes rather than systematic research. Self-esteem is just not as simple as that, otherwise interest in the concept wouldn't be so great."

The results will be published in the Journal of Personality, one of the leading scientific journals in the field.

Source: University of Gothenburg