Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem is how someone feels about themselves.  Included in the concept of self-esteem is the notion of estimating (or rating) and measuring self-worth.  Someone with high self-esteem probably measures their self-worth as high.  Conversely, if someone has low self-esteem, they likely estimate their value as low.

At times, high self-esteem can seem as overconfidence, arrogance and being conceited.  Examples of low self-esteem can be lack of confidence, insecurity and doubt.  Balanced self-esteem is characterized by an individual having belief in oneself and liking who they are. Others may mistake people with balanced self-esteem as conceited, however, people with balanced and healthy self-esteem may often pay other people complements unselfishly, which can also be a surprise to others because it is uncommon.

Negative thoughts or self-talk about oneself can attribute to having low self-worth.  A helpful solution is to identify those negative thoughts and change them.  Consider how the negative thoughts may be untrue and look for the positive.  If it is difficult for someone to think on their own, they can always ask a friend or family member.

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