Self-Esteem and Self-Concept
Self-Esteem is the way we view ourselves, and the acceptance of our own worth. It is the reason we compare each other, and try to be better than others. We judge every little action we do and thought counts. Self-Esteem is linked to the feelings of pride and discouragement. Self-consciousness is associated with self-esteem as self-consciousness is a sense of awareness. Self-confidence is a feeling of personal capacity and self-respect, which is a feeling of personal worth, and adds up to create self-esteem. Self-esteem is important as it can progress ones life such as academic achievement as one feels better about them selves so they feel better about what they are doing. Self-worth, self-regard, self-respect and self-integrity are all forms of self-esteem. Self-esteem is considered the trait we call motivation, there are two types of self-esteem the need for respect from others and the respect held within ourselves. Respect from others gives us feelings of being recognized, accepted and appreciated. Self-esteem is linked to the reason we set high standards for are self as we try to become accepted in our own social groups. Self-esteem reduces anxiety from life and death situations. Self-esteem is important as it is the concern of ourselves, and our value. Self-esteem is responsible for the way we act and how we act towards each other. It plays a role in the way we think, feel, decide and act. Humans have a need for esteem as esteem for self-love, self-confidence, skill aptitude and respect received from other people. Many problems people occur comes from within as they may consider themselves to be unworthy or non-valuable. “Every human being, with no exception, for the mere fact to be it, is worthy of unconditional respect of everybody else; he deserves to esteem himself and to be esteemed.” José-Vicente Bonet. Sé amigo de ti mismo: manual de autoestima. 1997. Ed. Sal Terrae. Maliaño (Cantabria, España). ISBN 978-84-293-1133-4.
The events we experience in life are the reason of the development in self-esteem. The positive and negative results in life creates an attitude we carry along with our self worth based off favorable or unfavorable feelings. Children are easily influenced by their parents and the parent is responsible for the positive and negative experiences a child will have. It is important to develop a child sense of being cared for and respected as it will develop their own self-esteem. Academic achievement plays a major role in self-esteem as a student that achieves success or one that fails strongly affects their self-esteem. Social experiences also affects ones’s self-esteem as children compare their selves to their classmates and recognize a difference. Children use social comparisons to determine if they did better or worse then their other classmates. As they compare them selves this evolves the child's self-esteem in a positive or negative way. During the adolescent stage children become more influenced by their Peers. Children evaluate their self-appraisal based off their friends. Successful relationships produces positive outcomes as it creates higher self-esteem as oppose to having no friends and becoming lonely will result in low self-esteem. The style of parenting is also important as students who parents show that they care and support the child turns out to have higher self-esteem than others. Children that are listened to, and paid attention too along with affection. Also acknowledge their accomplishments and accept their failures. "Self-Esteem." Self-Esteem. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.
The history of self-esteem comes from a man name William James from the 19th century, he studied the global self, knower self and known self. José-Vicente Bonet. Sé amigo de ti mismo: manual de autoestima. 1997. Ed. Sal Terrae. Maliaño (Cantabria, España). ISBN 978-84-293-1133-4. Over time others such as Carl Rogers and Robert B. Burns developed their own...
References: 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-esteem
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