The ideal proof of an individual’s self-knowledge is his/ her determination. The level of self-knowledge indicates the individual’s psychological and social maturation. Adolescents are only starting such a complex process of knowing themselves and the others. The study measures the fluctuations of teenagers’ self-esteem under the influence of negative evaluations both from teachers and peers. Will their self-esteem decrease under teachers’ under-evaluation or under their peers’ public depreciation?
Key words: public depreciation, self-esteem