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Marriage has a way of building our self-esteem and also lowering our self-esteem. Dr.'s Lewis and Gossett(1994) suggest that, "A relationship should assist both partners in their individual efforts to maintain a positive level of self-esteem, and it should help them recover from inevitable disappointments and failures without suffering a long-lasting negative impact. It should also help regulate excesses of self-esteem, when a partner's positive feelings about himself or herself are beginning to shade into unrealistic gradiosity."
Marriage can be the great equalizer that helps our self-esteem stay in check.