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2009-10-14 11:20:55

Overweight women's self-esteem plummets when they view photographs of models of any size, according to a new study in Journal of Consumer Research. And underweight women's esteem increases, regardless of models' size. Authors Dirk Smeesters (Erasmus University, the Netherlands), Thomas Mussweiler (University of Cologne, Germany), and Naomi Mandel (Arizona State University) researched the ways individuals with different body mass indexes (BMIs) felt when they were exposed to thin or heavy...

2009-10-14 10:47:51

Bosses who are in over their heads are more likely to bully subordinates. That's because feelings of inadequacy trigger them to lash out at those around them, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. In a new twist on the adage "power corrupts," researchers at UC Berkeley and USC have found a direct link among supervisors and upper management between self-perceived incompetence and aggression. The findings, gleaned from...

2009-09-16 13:09:57

Students who feel supported by their teachers tend to have higher self-esteem, researchers in the United States, Canada and China said. Researchers at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, New York University, the Educational Testing Service, Harvard University, the University of Western Ontario and Nanjing Brain Hospital looked at nearly 1,500 urban middle school students in China and the United States. They considered students' perceptions of three aspects of school climate: teacher...

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2009-09-15 09:20:00

As children go back to school this fall, a new cross-cultural study finds that for both Chinese and American middle schoolers, students who feel supported by their teachers tend to have higher self-esteem, and those who don't feel supported by fellow students are more likely to be depressed. The study, which explores commonalities between Chinese and U.S. students as well as the ways in which they differ, appears in the September/October 2009 issue of Child Development. It was conducted by...

2009-09-11 09:38:04

Previous research has shown that low self-esteem and emotional problems are found in people who are overweight or obese"“ but not which influences which. Research published yesterday in the open access journal BMC Medicine, sheds light on this issue showing that children with emotional difficulties are at higher risk for obesity in adult life. Andrew Ternouth, David Collier and Barbara Maughan from the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of...

2009-08-21 11:01:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Type-A Mom Dieting Editor and Registered Dietitian Denise Reynolds, RD LD/N, explains that people who have the most success at dieting and weight loss are those who create goals for themselves and continually monitor their progress toward their desired outcome. SMART is an acronym for the goal setting process that takes vague statements such as "I want to lose weight" and transforms them into a targeted strategy for measurable success. Clear,...

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2009-07-30 06:15:00

Too much confidence among teenage students can be harmful. In a study that reinforces the danger of indiscriminately bolstering a child's self esteem -- whether the child earns that distinction or not -- the results show a clear connection between overconfident students and low reading comprehension, and suggest recommendations for parents and teachers. "While some self-confidence is helpful, overconfident 15-year-olds are often below-average readers in all 34 countries we studied," says Ming...

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2009-07-05 10:05:00

A recent study shows that self-help mantras only boost the spirit of those with high self-esteem.Canadian researchers, whose study appears in the journal Psychological Science, found that people with low self-esteem felt worse after repeating positive statements about themselves.Phrases such as "I am a lovable person," only helped people who had a high self-esteem.According to a UK psychologist, people base their feelings on real evidence from their lives.The self-help industry got its start...

2009-07-02 09:38:00

PARK CITY, Utah, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- From July 13-17, 16 female wounded warriors from around the country will take part in outdoor activities like ropes courses, rock climbing, horseback riding and water sports as part of Wounded Warrior Project's Project Odyssey. Project Odyssey brings together veterans with combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder for activities that offer healthy support in the healing process. This Project Odyssey will take place at the National Ability Center...

2009-07-02 12:20:00

In times of doubt and uncertainty, many Americans turn to self-help books in search of encouragement, guidance and self-affirmation. The positive self-statements suggested in these books, such as "I am a lovable person" or "I will succeed," are designed to lift a person's low self-esteem and push them into positive action. According to a recent study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, however, these statements can actually have the opposite...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.