Those with low self-esteem are more likely to solicit support from their partner. This kind of support can be in various means and ways. These ways were researched and it was found that these people seek support which might backfire. This new research was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Almost everyone can suffer from a low self-esteem in some certain part of their lives. This can arise because of different kind of reasons. Nurture might play an important role in inducing low self-esteem in people. A study has tried to study these characteristics of people which can negatively impact the quality of life. A low self-esteem can account for all the life-quality effecting characteristics.
Self-esteem and support seeking behaviour has a link according to this study
This study claims that self-esteem and behaviour of a person has some link. This study has tried to unearth the roots of the support seeking behaviour. The reasons because of which the people with low self-esteem might not be able to garner support from their partner are well explained in this study. The researchers wanted to study indirect support seeking in detail. People are often believed to get involved in indirect support seeking just because they don’t want to get rejected.
The study included 176 couples in total. The researchers found that people with low self-esteem were more likely to seek some indirect support from their partner. However, this particular type of support seeking was in turn associated with criticism, blame or disapproval of the partner. The people with low self-esteem were also found to be of a certain perspective, as these people thought that their partner was not responsive to their needs. Further, this behaviour was linked with the fear of these people to get socially rejected.
According to the study, it was found that the fear of social rejection elicits the same kind of behaviour in these people which attempt to avoid rejection.