When to Praise

Everyone appreciates praise. It's no surprise that acknowledgment can motivate people, especially kids, to try harder and do even better. Yet can praise work against us? Do you praise generously, or not so much? Here's what science has to say about when and how much you praise.

When Praise Is a Problem

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.

New research shows that people with social anxiety disorder can't enjoy praise.
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Boosting Self-Esteem

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D.

From a young age, self-esteem promotes mental health. Narcissism can harm it.

Giving Compliments

By Nate Kornell Ph.D.

Generate goodwill, make people like you, and get free stuff.
High Marks For Fair Praise

High Marks For Fair Praise

By Kirsi Goldynia

A pat on the head may be most effective when it's well earned.