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What is Self Esteem?

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
Updated: June 2nd, 2020

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words on stars - what is self esteem It is your opinion of yourself. High self esteem is a good opinion of yourself and when it is low you have a bad opinion of yourself.

The basis of a better level of confidence and esteem is your ability to accept yourself as you are, and the things you cannot change.

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Your self esteem depends on many questions:


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  • Is your job worthwhile? Do others respect your work? Do you?
  • Do you believe you are successful?
  • How do you see yourself (your self image or view of you)?
  • How do you feel about yourself , and your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are you comparing yourself to others and ignoring the unique value that you have?
  • How do you think of your social status?
  • How do you relate to others?
  • Can you make your own decisions? A lack of choices leads to low levels of self esteem.
  • How about your body image?

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Low Self Esteem

This comes from a poor self image . Your self image is based on how you see yourself. Do you think you are a good, reliable, hardworking, honest or friendly person? Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror or do you believe others look better and dress better than you? Do you see reality or is what you see distorted by your fears and self image? The ability to see and comprehend yourself as you really are is your self awareness, something you should develop.

Low self esteem also depends on other factors like your job. For example, do you value the job you do? Does the job you have help you be happy with who you are?  Do the others in your office respect you?

Low self worth feeds your negative thinking and causes you to believe the criticism others make of you. Do you take what others say and not speak up? This can cause you to lose confidence so it is vital to end negative thoughts if you want to respect yourself more. Take a look at this interesting graphic and discover how it varies around the world.

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High Self Esteem

This is the opposite of the above! If you have a high level of self esteem you will be confident, happy, highly motivated and have the right attitude to succeed.

The Importance of Self Esteem

It is crucial and is a cornerstone of a positive attitude towards living.

It is very important because it affects how you think, act and even how you relate to other people. It allows you to live life to your potential. Low self worth means poor confidence and that also causes negative thoughts or self talk which means that you are likely to give up easily rather than face challenges. In addition, it has a direct bearing on your happiness and well-being.

Check out these helpful reader’s questions 

“What is the most important thing for a person starting out on the road to success?”

“I would tell them the most important thing is to work on your self esteem, that’s the best advice I can give”

(CNN interview – Robert Wagner on Larry King 2002)

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Further Reading:

CMHC University of Texas page about Self Esteem

Where does Self Esteem Come from?

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Website Author and Editor Bio

Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.

1 thought on “What is Self Esteem?”

  1. A.Abraham Jarbah

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