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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1724-1733.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01724

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Neural mechanisms of self-esteem stability in the perspective of neuroendocrine system-brain-behavior

WANG Yi’ nan()   

  1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Applied Experimental Psychology, National Demonstration Center for Experimental Psychology Education (Beijing Normal University), Faculty of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2018-01-24 Online:2018-10-15 Published:2018-08-27
  • Contact: WANG Yi’ nan


There is accumulating evidence suggesting that stability of self-esteem, which refers to the magnitude of short-term fluctuations in an individual’s self-esteem, has important psychological functions. It can not only influence people’s feelings of anger, depression, and well-being, but also moderate the relationship between level of self-esteem and psychological health. However, knowledge about the neural mechanisms underlying stability of self-esteem is limited. Consequently, it is unclear what the difference or connection is between the stability and level of self-esteem, and how they modulate state self-esteem. To answer these questions, we first developed an integrated model to conceptualize the relationships between stability of self-esteem, level of self-esteem, and state self-esteem. Furthermore, we combined classical psychometry and neuroimaging techniques, stress induction, and physiological and biochemical tests to reveal the neural mechanisms underlying stability of self-esteem comprehensively and systematically. The current study will contribute to the understanding of the neural pathway underlying stability of self-esteem and thereby elucidate the nature of self-esteem, which has important theoretical and practical implications.

Key words: self-esteem, explicit self-esteem, stability of self-esteem, stress, magnetic resonance imaging