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Bandura's concept of self-efficacy and the general concept of self-esteem are contrasted.

The difference between Bandura's concept of self-efficacy and the general concept of self-esteem is noted.

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The term "self-esteem" was first coined by William James, American philosopher and psychologist in the 1890s. It relates to one's mental perception of one's qualities, but not to one's physical features or appearance. It has come to indicate the perception of one's self worth. The modern pop cultural perception of self-esteem has been criticized severely by a number of authors. For example, studies have indicated that high levels of self-esteem have not consistently translated into high levels of performance or success. In other words, just because someone has a high self-esteem does not necessarily mean that that individual is particularly intelligent, productive, or even virtuous. In fact, some recent studies have indicated that high self-esteem (and not low self-esteem, as originally thought) ...

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This job explores self-esteem.

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