SELF ESTEEM by careerapti


									SELF ESTEEM
                            Self image- way a person sees one self

          Self -esteem is the mental picture one has of him or herself.

                                   could be positive or negative.

                       Self-esteem is the level of belief in one self.

                  It is an indication of the level of self acceptance.

    It is a way of measuring how worthwhile you judge yourself to be.

    It is a way of monitoring psychological well being of an individual.

    Self-esteem is related to concepts such as self-confidence and self-
   These facts do not describe who you really are or how you feel about

   Self-esteem and self-image go far beyond just your skills and abilities.

   Your physical characteristics and your activities may not necessarily
    reflect things you have chosen for yourself: equally, they may not be a
    true representation of your unique identity.

   Self-esteem determines how you live your life and the depth of
    satisfaction and joy you derive from different experiences in life; in
    learning, working and playing.

   However, the level of self esteem varies with how one relates with
    others or the environment; this is the sense of well being within you,
    and also in response to interaction with the other people or
   Having a healthy level of self-esteem does not mean
    you are a perfect person with no room for change.
   You still make mistakes, but are ready to remedy the
   Do not feel destroyed when you do, or when
    someone gives you negative criticism.

   Research indicates that there are three pillars
    of self esteem, namely:
       Acceptance: this is the need to belong or receive
        or enjoy unconditional love.
       Significance: this is the value ( or importance)
        people put on themselves
       Competence: one’s abilities and gifts.
   These three are the pillars that support the
    whole person.
Whole Person

   Psychologists indicate that a whole person consists of
    the following forms of being:
   The physical being (what is seen through the
   The emotional being (what we feel)
   The rational being (the thoughts that run
                        through our mind)
   The volitional being (the choice we make)

   The spiritual being (the spirit within us which is
   SMEP
            Spiritual   Mental

   How You See Yourself
   It is the way you perceive yourself; the projection or opinion of you as
    internalised by yourself.
   It is different from how others see you. It is how you would like to be seen
    by others.
   Self image is difficult to change or influence, since it is set at the very early
    stage in life.
   You start valuing and devaluing yourself and these messages are
    embedded within yourself.
   They also add to the messages and statements about you received from
    those around you.
   Self-image radically affects your self-esteem. A negative self-image can be
    a crippling handicap and can inhibit your ability to relate to other people.
    A healthy self-image on the other hand, is a precious commodity.
    People with a good self-image see themselves as being liked, wanted, able,
    worthy, acceptable as having choices and being capable of understanding.
Although difficult to change, self-image can be altered in a variety of ways so
    that it can be consolidated into more healthy reflection of your true self.

   You do not need to remain trapped in a prison of negative self-image.

Parents and family
  For youth, physical contact such as time spent in holding, talking, meeting their
   needs on time and spontaneously socialising pass the message of acceptance or
   rejection to the youth.
  In addition, youth value encouragement as well as affirming ideas or creativity
   that helps to build a positive self-esteem.
   The feelings of self-assuredness, confidence, and security are some attributes
   that indicate and nurture healthy self-esteem.
  Even at the youth stage of life, a parent or a friend of the opposite sex has
   more significant role in psychological development of the personality.
  The youth needs a lot of nurturing, attention and affection from the
  Homes where there is violence, drug abuse, sexual abuse, incest are destructive
   and costly for nurturing self-esteem.
  Further, homes where there is too much comparisons and competition between
   the siblings are unhealthy.
  Absent parents, isolation or poor socialisation can adversely affect self-esteem.
Physical Appearance
   Physical appearance is a highly valued personal attribute.
   The praises or ridicule of others regarding one’s
    appearance formulates a person’s mental image of him or
    herself, including height, weight, complexion or other
    physical features.
    Men and women are mostly admired by their physical
    appearances, especially film stars or athletes.
   An evaluation of your physical appearances is usually
    dependent on the reaction of others or what those you
    interact with imply.
   The modern society takes physical appearance as big
    business, sometimes without regard for the outcome of
    such enhancements.
   People spend lots of money and time on cosmetics and
    lessons to enhance appearances, especially demeanour and
    attire in pursuit of acceptance or appreciation.

   Education is critical for an individual in the development of perceptions
    about you oneself.

   Such mental pictures are based on success and failures in the eyes of
    parents, peers and authority figures.

   Performance in school affects the view of oneself.

   Poor performance will increase inferiority complex while good
    performance enhances positive self-image.

   Lack of skills or competence in a certain field or profession also tends
    to lower one’s self esteem.
Friends and Peers

   Friends play a very big role in forming your self esteem, especially during

   Fear of rejection or in-thing effect compels teenagers to join “fit in” a peer
    group, evidenced by mode of dress and talk (using slang ).
    Peer influence confirms or destroys values and mannerisms youth may have
    been taught at home.
   If one is sensitive, the wound of rejection and criticism would be deeper for
    isolated and neglected young people.
    A casual humour would be interpreted to be taken in bad taste, often to
    undermine integrity.
   Nicknames and jokes not only hurt, but also appear to dig deeper into the
    character, thus offending the person, and ultimately affecting self-esteem.
   This is usually called character assassination that destroys the positive aspect of
    self-image. It can also happen with group members.
Authority Figures

   Authority figures are influential to youths by virtue of the position they
   These could be teachers, political or religious leaders or village elders
    and relatives, such as aunties, uncles.
   This category of people has an immerse influence on the lives of young
   Authority figures help build a positive or a negative foundation of self-
   If these people constantly shoot-down or discourage the young people,
    they affect personality negatively.
    However, affirmation and encouragement of good performance to the
    youth and positive criticism enhances assertiveness, hence self-esteem.
Significant Others

   Significant others are people known to youths and serve as role
   Their exemplary performance inspires youths, who aspire to do
    likewise or emulate.
   Youth appreciate and glow when they feel and know that they
    are loved for whom they are.
    A boyfriend and a girlfriend have affectionate relationships and
    help to develop a positive self-esteem that go beyond intimacy.
   The word of an intimate friend or a confidant is unconditional
    and is more likely to heed.
    Significant others also help develop gifts or talents by affirming
    performance or respect, thus have raise self-esteem.
   However, negative criticism and mannerisms undermine trust,
    such as luring such a youth to immorality or drug abuse
    negatively affect their self-esteem.

   Youths develop a ‘false’ appearance whether of habit or self.
   This is a mask to cover who one truly is. This is a front, a face or an innocent
    nature that young people present to the world to see while they hide to protect
    self inadequacies; inefficiencies and weaknesses.
   False self-esteem increases vulnerability and decreases confidence in what one do.
   The false concept of self-esteem usually consists of an image of how we think
    others should see us or want us to be.
   This is sometimes called the adapted self.
   The person simply alters the true self to conform to the expectations and
    desires of others or the situation they are in.
   Often, this is done to gain love, sympathy or recognition from others considered
    important for survival or to benefit.
   A youth may also pretend to be someone else because they think that person is
    an ideal image of who or what they would like to be.
   Youth may also over identify with an ideal at the expense of their true self. This
    may result in alienation or disillusionment.
   This pretence and living in a lie often result in severe anxiety or suffering, thus
    undermine self-esteem.
Symptoms of Low Self-

   Feeling of inadequacy, inconsistent, incomplete.

   Lack of self-confidence, self-pity, self-control, self-discipline,

   Doubt, uncomfortable or mistrust about being appreciated by others
   Unsure of oneself

   Fearful

   Angry, resentful, arrogance, aggressive, violent

   Feelings of shame, guilt, detached and not able to explain the
    reason why

   Poor self-esteem distorts message people receive, and the way people
    interpret events in life.

   Poor self-esteem breeds unhealthy relationships because one is unable to relate
    with people without fear of rejection. It leads to poor performance, whether in
    school or at work.

   Poor choice of marriage partners is common. A very educated man who has a
    poor self-esteem may choose to marry a woman with very inferior education so
    that he can be able to control her. This will help him also feel very superior

   Poor self-esteem results in feelings of fear and guilt that cripples advancement
    in life. Such a person never realizes his or her full potential because often the
    person is withdrawn or reserved.

   Poor self-esteem increases personality disorder. One takes alcohol to win
    approval from other people
Further Results of Poor Self-

   Difficulty to make contact or deal with other people.

   Wastage of energy and time in making decisions or doing
    certain tasks or work generally.

   Difficulty of developing or marshalling practical action.

   Insecurity and indifference since the world around seems hostile
    and unsafe.

   Difficulty to listen, communicate or decipher messages of love
    and appreciation by others.
   Depression and stress after spending a lot of time on anxious
    and worrying about trivial issues, such as what other people
    think of you.
    SELF ESTEEM- booster
   Get your diary and write the word NO every evening for the rest of the year. This
    is to REMIND you that you can say NO … and mean it! Try it, it works!
    Learn to say no.

   Keep an Ideas File – in a filling cabinet, at the back of the diary or day’s planner.

   We all have flushes of inspiration from time to time. Note them somewhere.

   Keep a People File – the significant people you meet, daily or regularly.

   Keep your desk tidy – if you have two projects, have two desks or sections set
    aside. Do not mix papers – tidiness/cleanliness helps you to remain focused and

   Literature materials, including magazines and newspapers – peruse through the
    content. Cut out articles or pages that interest you.
   Every one wants to be attractive and feel appreciated. One wants to be the best; in
    character and achievement, in mannerism and merit.

   Self-esteem is a lifelong struggle and is pursued for the sake of happiness and good life.

   A person draws self-esteem from a sense of own values. These are the qualities you use to
    judge yourself and others.

   Self-esteem is maintained and supported by selectively interpreting facts, standards and
    situations; it depends on how good one wants to be.

   Self-esteem involves choices. People with limited choices are more likely to have chronic
    low self-esteem, often called inferiority complex.

   Of course everybody feels inferior in some ways or the other. Equally, all of us feel
    worthwhile at times.

   With the help of a counsellor, a counselee is made to face up with the problematic self-
    image. The counselee is able to examine the problem and issues realistically and come up
    with possible solutions. The counselee may work through the problem and attempt at the
    solution with the assistance of the parent, a peer or a person of significant authority,
    especially a teacher or clergy.

   Being active; energetic and alive; you feel alive and kicking
   Exuding confidence; competence or ability; you believe in
   Solution; ready with a solution to a problems that arises;
    confidence and competent when handling issues; you feel at
    your best and can fix it.
   Generous; having much more to give to other people; you share
    with others and appreciate their inputs.
   Feedback; exchange and consultations with others; you are
    open to suggestions from others, and are willing to accept
    criticism and suggestions for positive change.

The three basic pillars of self-esteem are:

   Acceptance
    You are wonderfully made; precious, special and unique

   Significance
    Life has a purpose; fulfil the divine plan of creation in your life.

   Competence
    Success in life is possible; utilise the talent and have the will to

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