Self Esteem Article

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Samantha Blake
SOCI 302.001
Dr. Taylor
February 18th, 2013
Self Concept, Self-Esteem, and Identity: Questions 1, 2, and 4 This article talks on the topic of self- esteem. It relays a message of who has a high- self esteem, who has a low self esteem, how are both obtained from childhood experiences and if either one is a good thing or a bad thing, considering the situation. Furthermore, it discusses how one can perceive themselves to be better than the rest, when in reality, they are simply average. This article references a lot of different studies and facilitates the understanding of the data received. I will be discussing in this essay whether or not high or low self esteem is good or bad and why I believe what I believe. I will state how the research of children and self esteem has brought about the best way to raise children to have a healthy self esteem and why the average person feels they are above average in comparison to others. In the case of those who have an inflated or exaggerated sense of self worth or importance, high self-esteem is more likely to cause aggression or acts of violence because a outside force is threatening the significance or the ego of that person. Having analyzed this information, we can conclude that, no, high-self esteem is not always as beneficial as it appears to be, especially when dealing with a person who is narcissistic in their belief. This is also true when you have a person who feels they are superior to others. They can become irritating to others because of their conceitedness, which can lead to a lack of social relationships. This problem was thought to be reserved only for those that had a low self esteem before the research was conducted.

As far as low self esteem being a bad thing, when it is related to one’s self, for example a lack of setting goals, or giving up easily, then yes, it can be construed as a bad thing. When comparing those people with a low self-esteem to the people with an inflated self...
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