Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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O’Brien, Edward J.

  • Edward J. O’BrienEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_266-1

Edward J. O’Brien is a clinical psychologist with interests in interpersonal, cognitive-experiential, and trait views of self-esteem and narcissism, self-esteem change, research methodology in clinical and personality psychology, body image, traumatic stress, and coping.

Early Life and Educational Background

O’Brien was born in Parsons, Kansas, in 1949, the oldest of three children. His father operated a family farm and his mother was an X-Ray technician and nurse. His early years were spent working on the family farm. After the deaths of his parents in 1988, he continued to operate this Centennial Farm that has been continuously owned by four generations in his family, going back to 1884 when his great grandparents homesteaded land in Kansas before towns were incorporated in the area. O’Brien also worked in other manual labor jobs as a youth and young adult, including working for a wire products company, a grain elevator, a clothing manufacturing company, a local medical center, and...

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Selected Bibliography

  1. Bartoletti, M. M. (2006). Effectiveness of Mruk’s self-esteem change program on psychological and physiological measures of well-being (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations Publishing (UMI No. 3302983).Google Scholar
  2. Byrne, J. S., & O’Brien, E. J. (2014). Interpersonal relationships in narcissism versus high self-esteem: It is not all about you. Psychological Reports, 115(1), 243–260.  https://doi.org/10.2466/21.09.PR0.115c15z9.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Epstein, S., & O’Brien, E. J. (1985). The person-situation debate in historical and current perspective. Psychological Bulletin, 98, 513–537.  https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-2909.98.3.513.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Jeffreys, D. J., Leitzel, J. D., Cabral, G., Gumpert, J., Hartley, E., Lare, D., Nagy, N. M., O’Brien, E. J., Salvaterra, M., Strobino, J., & Charlton, N. (1997). Military adolescents: Their strengths and vulnerabilities. Technical Report, Adolescent Project. Scranton: Military Family Institute, Marywood University.Google Scholar
  5. Miele, D., & O’Brien, E. J. (2010). Underdiagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in at risk youth. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(5), 591–598.  https://doi.org/10.1002/JTS.20572.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Mruk, C. R., & O’Brien, E. J. (2013). Changing self-esteem through competence and worthiness training: A positive therapy. In V. Zeigler-Hill (Ed.), Self-esteem (pp. 163–179). New York: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
  7. O’Brien, E. J. (1978). The stability of personality traits. Comprehensive Examination paper. Amherst: The University of Massachusetts.Google Scholar
  8. O’Brien, E. J. (1985). Global self-esteem scales: Unidimensional or multi-dimensional? Psychological Reports, 57(2), 383–389.  https://doi.org/10.2466/pr0.1985.57.2.383.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. O’Brien, E. J. (1991). Sex differences in components of self-esteem. Psychological Reports, 68, 241–242.  https://doi.org/10.2466/PR0.68.1.241-242.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. O’Brien, E. J. (2018). Bibliography of references to the multidimensional self-esteem inventory: MSEI. Odessa: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.. https://www.parinc.com/products/Pkey/255.Google Scholar
  11. O’Brien, E. J., & Epstein, S. (1974). Naturally occurring changes in self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1(1), 384–386.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167274001001129.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. O’Brien, E. J., & Epstein, S. (1988). MSEI: The multidimensional self-esteem inventory (MSEI). Odessa: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc..Google Scholar
  13. O’Brien, E. J., Bartoletti, M., & Leitzel, J. (2006a). Self-esteem, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. In M. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem: Issues and answers (pp. 306–315). New York: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
  14. O’Brien, E. J., Bartoletti, M., Leitzel, J., & O’Brien, J. P. (2006b). Global self-esteem: Divergent and convergent validity issues. In M. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem: Issues and answers (pp. 26–35). New York: Psychology Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology and Counseling DepartmentMarywood UniversityScrantonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marion Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Alabama BirminghamBirminghamUSA