The question of how collective self-esteem and personal self-esteem are linked to readiness for self-improvement and subjective well-being in women from individualistic and collectivistic countries was examined. Indian and Polish women were surveyed in order to measure personal and collective self-esteem, readiness to self-improvement and subjective well-being. The results allowed to distinguished three groups of women: A) satisfied and ready to change (high collective self-esteem/average personal self-esteem, high readiness for self-improvement and high well-being); B) dissatisfied and not ready to change (low collective and personal self-esteem, low readiness for self-improvement and low well-being); and C) satisfied with themselves but not ready for self-improvement (high personal self-esteem, average collective self-esteem, low readiness for improvement of one’s health and average well-being). Most women from the collectivistic country belonged to group A, whereas women from the individualistic country were split between group B and group C. The conclusion is that collective self-esteem is very important for both readiness for self-improvement and well-being for women from the collectivistic culture. Personal self-esteem is not as important as relates to both readiness for self-improvement and well-being for women form the individualistic culture as collective self-esteem in the collectivistic culture.
Anna Maria Zawadzka, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Małgorzata Niesiobędzka, University of Gdańsk, Poland
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