A new study suggests that people with strong self-esteem are more likely to develop deep, supportive friendships and that the connection works the other way, too.
The study was published on Sept. 26 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“For the first time, we have a systematic answer to a key question in the field of self-esteem research, whether and to what extent a person’s social relationships influence his or her self-esteem development, and vice versa,” study author Michelle Harris said in an American Psychological Association press release.
It turns out, Harris said, that self-esteem and friendships are mutually reinforcing.
That conclusion comes from a review of 52 studies that examined the impact of self-esteem and friendships among more than 47,000 men and women. The studies were conducted between 1992 and 2016, across a wide range of countries, including the United States.