Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication

First Advisor

Qun Wang


My project will look at issues around self-esteem, self-confidence, self-doubts, self-denial, and self-worth across cultures and gender. I will compare three countries/cultures: the United States, Japan, and Costa Rica. I will collect datas and statistics on what they think of their self-esteem, confidence, value, etc and examine their level of self-esteem, confidence, value, and security. If their level is low, I will observe what causes such low or high self-esteem, confidence, value and then compare and contrast the men and women within the culture. In addition, I will explore how people can learn and develop high self-esteem, confidence, value and eliminate self-doubts and denial either moving to another culture or build a community in where they live to support each other and develop their self-esteem. This project will include research, statistics, datas, and interviews. For example, Japanese education doesn’t teach the concept of “identity” and lacks opportunities that students learn what it is and develop their sense of identity. In addition, people in Japan are known for low self-esteem and unhappy. Why and how does it affect self-identity? On the other hand, according to study, Costa Rica is ranked high on levels of self-esteem and happiness among people. What are the differences between these two countries?