What is self-esteem?
Self-esteem is a very important aspect of our personality. It helps us to achieve our identity and to adapt to society. In other words, the degree in which individuals have positive or negative feelings about themselves and the degree in which individuals value themselves. Here are a series of definitions that define self-esteem:
The capacity that a person has to value themselves, love themselves, appreciate themselves and accept themselves. A person’s attitude towards themselves.
The way a person evaluates themselves: “I know only one definition of happiness: be a good friend to yourself” (p.solignac). The love that every individual has for themselves
Self-esteem is related to many types of behaviour. People with high self-esteem usually have fewer aggressive and negative emotions – they suffer less from depression as compared to those with low self-esteem. People with high self-esteem can handle stress better and when they undergo stress they experience fewer negative health effects. The most important period in the development of self-esteem is during childhood. A child compares himself to how he would like to be and he judges himself until he reaches his idol. The opinions children have about themselves have a great impact on the development of their personality, especially in their frame of mind. It is important to study self-esteem and see how a person achieves high self-esteem. Self-esteem is the concept that we have of our worth and it is based on our thoughts, feelings, sensations and experiences that we have been collecting throughout live; we believe that we are clever or silly, people like us or not. The thousands of impressions, evaluations and experiences are all reunited into a positive feeling towards ourselves or on the contrary, in an uncomfortable feeling of not being what we expected to be.
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