Self-esteem saves brain and health: Evidence from a follow-up investigation after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Atsushi Sekiguchi

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Abstract

Self-esteem plays a crucial role in mental health status. Past studies have revealed higher self-esteem as one of the most important traits of resilience in the context of stressful life events. In fact, our recent studies demonstrated that high self-esteem is a predicting factor for the recovery from brain volume reduction due to the post-earthquake distress. In this article, we introduce structural brain magnetic resonance imaging research with respect to self-esteem as well as past investigations about psychological and physiological backgrounds of tolerance to psycho-social stressors in individuals with high self-esteem. Finally, we discuss effective methods for improving self-esteem to manage unusual events like natural disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1204
Number of pages12
JournalBrain and Nerve
Volume67
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct

Keywords

  • Brain structure
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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