Understanding the mediating role of self-esteem between the relationship of self- forgiveness and human flourishing
Background: Intrapersonal resources are significant preditors of human flourishing. The study examined the mediating role of self-esteem between the relationship of self-forgiveness and human flourishing.
Methods: A correlation research design was used. Two hundred and fourteen participants (MAge = 22.07(1.80)) comprising 100 males (MAge = 22.15(1.61)) and 114 females (MAge = 22.00(1.95)) were chosen as the participants by a convenience sampling. Self-esteem, self-forgiveness and human flourishing were measured with standardized tools.
Results: The results showed significant interdependence among self-esteem, self-forgiveness and human flourishing as evident in their positive correlations. Self-esteem and self-forgiveness accounted for significant variability in human flourishing. These results are prerequisite condition to further carry out mediation analysis that showed self-esteem to emerge as a significant partial mediator between the relationships between self-forgiveness and human flourishing.
Conclusions: Self-esteem represents self-worth and personal values that are essential ingredients to prepare a person to forgive himself/herself that, in turn, may cultivate positive affect and cognition leading one to achieve flourishing. Self-esteem helps to understand transgressing situations and the exact role of the various stakeholders. These positive attributions may have facilitated self-forgiveness and finally flourishing. It was evident that both self-esteem and self-forgiveness are relevant to understand human flourishing and the impacts of self-forgiveness are mediated by self-esteem. In essence, intrapersonal resources carry significance to enhance human flourishing. The findings represent a significant contribution to understanding the relationships among self-esteem, self-forgiveness and human flourishing.
self-esteem, self-forgiveness, human flourishing, mediation analysis.