Self-esteem Saves Brain and Health: Evidence from a Follow-up Investigation after the Great East Japan Earthquake Atsushi Sekiguchi 1,2 1Division of Medical Neuroimage Analysis, Department of Community Medical Supports, Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University Keyword: 東日本大震災 , 脳形態 , 自尊心 , ストレス , the Great East Japan Earthquake , brain structure , self-esteem , stress pp.1193-1204
Published Date 2015/10/1
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1416200283
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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.

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