Measuring self-respect

Kristján Kristjánsson*

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Can "self-respect" supplant the now much-maligned "global self-esteem" in psychological research and therapy? The aim of the present paper is to examine this suggestion and develop it further. It is argued that there are two distinct philosophical concepts of self-respect abroad in the literature, Kantian and Aristotelian, between which psychologists need to choose. The main components of Aristotelian self-respect are then worked out. The paper concludes by exploring how, in order to make those components objectively measurable, certain methodological pitfalls must be avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-242
Number of pages18
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


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