The Self-Esteem Motive: Pathways to Equanimity

  • Tom Pyszczynski
  • Jeff Greenberg


As we argued at the outset of this volume, depression results from a breakdown in normal self-regulatory functioning, and as such, can be understood only if we first understand normal self-regulatory functioning. Although we have already explored the mechanisms of normal self-regulation, an important question remains: What are the motives that drive the self-regulatory system? In other words, what is it that people need or want from life—what are the minimal requirements to keep people functioning effectively in the world? If we could answer this question, we would know what sorts of shortcomings or losses are likely to precipitate depression.


Symbolic Means Endorsement Rate Cultural Worldview Terror Management Theory Superordinate Goal 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Pyszczynski
    • 1
  • Jeff Greenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringColorado SpringsUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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