Can low self-esteem cause you to quit a good job?

We predicted job turnover among 7758 former college students using individual earnings trends over time and their self-esteem scores. After two years with the same employer, an interaction effect emerged, indicating that the relationship between earnings trend and job tenure depends on self-esteem level. High self-esteem persons tended to leave their jobs sooner when their earnings declined or remained flat. Low self-esteem persons tended to quit more when their earnings increased over time.

Source: “Foregoing lucrative employment to preserve low self-esteem” from University of Texas, Psychology Department

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