If self-esteem were primarily an indicator of something of evolutionary value, such as social status or belonging, rather than something that buffers anxiety, why do people seem to distort their beliefs to inflate their views of themselves? It would be akin to moving the gas gauge with your fingers to convince yourself you had gas in your tank when you actually did not. Does this disconfirm the sociometer model? Or is there some way to reconcile the model or revise it to fit with the research on self-esteem defenses? Discuss how we can convince ourselves that we are better than we actually are and believe it.
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