The study included children with high self-esteem and those with low self-esteem and examined a phenomenon called "inflated praise" — exaggerated compliments that include adverbs such as, "incredibly" or "really." For example, "You did incredibly well on this test" or "This is really, really good." Surprisingly, the results showed that while kids with high self-esteem benefited from hearing lavish praise, those with low self-esteem were actually hurt by it.
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