March 6, 2012
The definition of self-esteem is the opinion one has of themselves as well as what value that individual places on themselves. This starts to develop when we are very young and the type of feedback we get from our family and peers and also what we think of ourselves. Family and friends might say negative things to us but we can still believe and feel positively about ourselves to overcome the negative, but it is difficult as a young child. Robert Reasoner from the National Association for Self-Esteem (2010) states that “Educators, parents, business and government leaders agree that we need to develop individuals with healthy or high self-esteem characterized by tolerance and respect for others, individuals who accept responsibility for their actions, have integrity, take pride in their accomplishments, who are self-motivated, willing to take risks, capable of handling criticism, loving and lovable, seek the challenge and stimulation of worthwhile and demanding goals, and take command and control of their lives. In other words, we need to help foster the development of people who have healthy or authentic self-esteem because they trust their own being to be life affirming, constructive, responsible and trustworthy. “ It is normal for all of us at one time or another, even if we think we have high self-esteem, to suffer from a bit of uncertainty and self-doubt. It is when that self-doubt and insecurity leads to other damaging behaviors that we need to stop and take a look at whether we need some counseling with either a therapist or a life coach. A therapist would be the better route to go if the self-esteem is leading to depression or some other sort of disorder that is affecting our work and personal life on a deeper level. Self-esteem is very important to have in order to do well throughout ones’ life. It can make or...