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Designing a scale/test for measuring an individual’s self-esteem

The following essay is an attempt at designing a scale/test for measuring an individual’s self-esteem.

Item1: Propensity for Depression:

One of the key factors that contribute to a person’s self-esteem is his/her propensity to fall into depressive episodes.  It is well established in psychology literature that abusive experiences during formative years can have consequences for the person during adulthood.  By ascertaining whether the person is presently depressed or not, we can indirectly deduce their self-esteem levels.  Of course, no elaborate tests need be constructed for testing depressive illness, as the DSM-IV scale is sufficient for the purpose.  All those who are clinically depressed also suffer from low self-esteem during the period of depression; whereas not all people with low self-esteem fall into bouts of depression.  This is an important distinction that should be kept in mind when arriving at the final assessment of the . . . Read More

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Pick’s Disease – An Overview

Dementia caused by the shrinking of brain cells in the frontal, temporal and anterior portion of the brain is known as Front temporal dementia or simply Pick’s disease named after Arnold Pick who first described the disorder in 1892. It is a degenerative disease of the brain which causes severe atrophy of nerve cells and sometimes the swelling of neurons or addition of Pick bodies in the frontal or temporal regions of the brain (National Institute of Health)..

The symptoms of Pick’s disease are not easy to discern as they show as deteriorating psychological health as opposed to a decline in organic functions.  For example, the patient experiences a general loss of ability and displays a generalized indifference.  He/she also displays poor social skills.  This includes behavioral, cognitive and sexual irregularities.  Even if memory loss is not a common occurrence, the patient spirals toward a state of mental and physical inertness.  The afflicted individual loses . . . Read More

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