If you've ever had a bad day and just wanted to wallow in your misery rather than receive kind and inspirational words from a friend, you may not be as unusual as you think. A new study from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University suggests that people with low self-esteem would prefer you not to attempt to cheer them up when things aren't going their way.
Researchers claim that people with low self-esteem are more likely to interpret negative experiences — breakups, lost jobs, failed tests, and the like — as signs that they are generally incompetent, rather than as bumps in the road. Because of this tendency, they seek out confirmation that their negative feelings are warranted; words of optimism usually fall flat.
Here's what the researchers had to say about their findings: