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Michael Kernis

Michael Kernis

[Note: Professor Michael Kernis died of cancer on April 23, 2009, in Duluth, Georgia. He was 54 years old. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about the work of Professor Kernis.]

My major research interests are in the areas of self and motivational processes. Currently, my research falls primarily within three areas: (a) the causes and consequences of possessing secure vs. fragile self-esteem, (b) individual differences in authentic functioning, and (c) mindfulness. Other research interests of mine include anger and aggressive behavior and close relationships.

I have received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation to conduct research on fragile self-esteem and its role in psychological functioning. Ongoing projects are examining the role of fragile self-esteem in prejudice, close relationships, and psychological well-being.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity


Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2006). A multicomponent conceptualization of authenticity: Research and theory. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 38, pp. 284-357). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2006). Assessing stability of self-esteem and contingent self-esteem. In M. H. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem issues and answers: A sourcebook of current perspectives (pp. 77-85). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2005). Authenticity: A multicomponent perspective. In A. Tesser, J. Wood, & D. Stapel (Eds.), On building, defending, and regulating the self: A psychological perspective (pp. 31-52). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Kernis, M. H., & Goldman, B. M. (2005). Authenticity, social motivation, and well-being. In J. P. Forgas, K. D. Williams, & S. M. Laham (Eds.), Social motivation: Conscious and unconscious processes (pp. 210-227). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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