Effects on Status Striving: How Self-Perceived Value, Self-Esteem, and Personality Traits Impact Preferred Status
By Sua Cho
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
Humans typically desire high status (i.e., leadership roles), but only when they believe they are useful to the group. In this paper, the author explores whether self-esteem and various personality traits influence the status people prefer when they believe they are useless to the group. Because self-esteem is correlated with socioeconomic status, the results of this study have implications for socioeconomic inequalities.