Self-esteem, while somewhat difficult to quantify, is basically a positive or negative feeling toward or assessment of oneself. In this day and age, people are significantly affected by the perceptions and judgments of peers, family, and even complete strangers. Unfortunately, if we come to rely too extensively on external validation, we will struggle to develop a consistently healthy sense of self-worth.
Individuals who are able to achieve an inner sense of confidence quickly discover that outside forces of validation are unpredictable and unreliable. As a consequence, those possessing high self-esteem are not so easily affected by the negative thoughts, comments, or actions of others and are better able to sustain a positive self-image.
For those who cannot maintain a positive self-image, the results can be very dramatic. Low self-esteem manifests itself in a number of ways, including:
- Shyness or introversion
- Ineffective communication
- High anxiety
- Perceived weakness
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
Alternatively, high or healthy self-esteem is characterized by tolerance and respect for self and others, accountability for one's actions, taking pride in accomplishments, operating with integrity, being self-motivated, handling criticism well, and taking command of one's life.
Did You Know
On average only 46 percent of high school aged boys and 29 percent of high school aged girls say they are "happy the way I am."
Treatment generally begins with identifying the root causes of low self-esteem. Because self-esteem has both psychological and sociological elements, it is important to address self-esteem issues with a multi-faceted approach.
The good news is that individuals who struggle with low self-esteem can generally benefit significantly from counseling, coaching, reading self-help books, attending workshops designed to increase confidence and self-esteem, and listening to educational audio products focused on the causes and treatments of low self-esteem.
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Life is short. No one should live under a perpetual cloud of low self-esteem. Raising self-esteem requires work, but the rewards of increased self-esteem will manifest themselves very broadly and powerfully in our lives. Improved relationships, fulfilling employment, and an increased sense of purpose and vitality are among the benefits of increasing self-esteem. The first step is often the hardestresolving to change the situation. Why wait when there is so much to gain? Trust yourself to be life affirming, constructive, and responsible. MyExpertSolution is here to help.
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