The word self-esteem is used in psychology to define a person’s total subjective feeling of personal worth or value. In other terms, self-esteem may be described as how much you like and value yourself regardless of your circumstances. Many elements contribute to your self-esteem, including self-confidence, a feeling of security, identity, a feeling of connection, and a feeling of achievement. Having healthy self-esteem may affect your motivation, mental health, and general quality of life. However, possessing either too high or very low self-esteem might be harmful. Understanding your own degree of self-esteem can assist you in striking the ideal balance for you.
Self-esteem is not the same as self-concept, but it may be a component of self-concept. Self-concept is our image of ourselves, our answer to the question “who am I, exactly?” It involves being aware of one’s own inclinations, ideas, tastes, and habits, as well as one’s own interests, abilities, and areas of weakness. Certain criteria distinguish how high a person’s self-esteem is. Being open to criticism, admitting mistakes, being comfortable with giving and accepting praises, and demonstrating harmony between what one speaks, performs, sees, hears, and moves are examples of these traits. People with strong self-esteem are not hesitant to express their interests and share their experiences, thoughts, and possibilities. They can also appreciate the funny elements of their lives and are at ease with social or personal assertiveness. Although low self-esteem has gotten more attention than high self-esteem, the positive thinking trend has pushed high self-esteem to the forefront. Low self-esteem can lead to or be a sign of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Though certain causes of low self-esteem, such as hereditary characteristics, early childhood events, and personality features, cannot be changed, there are actions you can do to feel safer and appreciated. Remember that no one individual is less deserving than another. Keeping this in mind may aid in the maintenance of a good sense of self-esteem.