By five years the child possesses the basic concept of self-esteem. This is indicated by the results of a study published in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
In the experiment took part 234 of five children. Young volunteers were asked to describe their strengths and weaknesses. The majority of children answered honestly: someone said that it runs well, others admitted that they can't sing. In addition, children were required to draw up a definition of his personality, using adjectives ("good", "happy", "jealous" and others).
The researchers found that five years the average child has formed self-esteem, but doesn't realize it. "Self-esteem plays a huge role in the process of forming social connections with other people. Our work demonstrates how important the childhood of the child, namely the first five years, for his future life", - commented the results of the study one of the authors.