Self-esteem

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Self-esteem

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Feb 14, 1999 12:00 am

Where did the term self-esteem originate?
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Self-esteem

Post by Jonathon Green » Thu Feb 18, 1999 8:00 am

The first OED citation is 1657. The 'origin' is no more than a blend of the two words 'self' and 'esteem'.
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