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Meaningful work has long been one of the important ways to feel good about oneself. Research has shown that the more roles people fill, the more sources of self-esteem they have.

But where work has traditionally been a source of self-esteem, that link is now endangered.

The one thing that is most likely to suffer damage in today’s workplace is precisely what most of us hope to get there—self-esteem. The modern workplace presents some formidable psychological hazards. Read more

In some circles, the term “self esteem” is sacred; in others, it’s treated almost as a profanity. Instead think of self-esteem as a mental muscle that must be developed and maintained through regular psychological workouts—or you will be vulnerable to depression and anxiety.

Liking yourself and what you do makes it easier to be productive—but self-esteem takes a beating in most jobs. All it takes is one snide remark to put a damper on your enthusiasm, so you’ve got to stoke your own fires to keep self-esteem high. Read more