Self-esteem or self-image is the standard against which we judge others. It is the inner value we place on ourselves, and it is related to how we think, feel, and behave in specific situations. It is also related to how we evaluate our relationship with others and how we measure their performance. Narcissism and self-esteem are closely related, but there are many differences between them.
High self-esteem is associated with positive social interactions and a sense of self worth. People who have high self-esteem are positive, confident, and do not take criticisms personally. Narcissists lack self-esteem because they focus on how they look rather than what they do. A high-narcissic person tends to be arrogant and conceited and has little regard for other people’s feelings.
The evidence that high self-esteem leads to lower levels of stress and anxiety is consistent both with general human psychology and with research on narcissists. People with high self-esteem are able to take responsibility for their own lives and get the help they need from others when they need it. Those with low self-esteem are more likely to blame other people or to criticize them. They may brag about their achievements, but they don’t take responsibility for them. People with low self-esteem tend to be less successful in their careers, relationships, and friendships.
One of the most important things to understand about narcissism and self-esteem is that they are closely related. narcissistic people tend to have higher self-esteem than normal people. They have unrealistic expectations about themselves and are usually very self-critical. The challenge for those who are trying to get rid of their nagging self-doubt or lack of self-confidence is that when it comes to self-esteem and narcissism they are often at a crossroads.
Narcissistic people have high self-esteem. Their grandiose sense of self-worth causes them to see themselves as “better” than other people. They believe that they are entitled to use other people’s time, money, and effort just because they have a high self-esteem. When they experience a loss, they cannot self-correct or change their behavior until they feel better about themselves. When people with high self-esteem try to build up their self-esteem when they are having setbacks, it usually backfires because they believe that they can never lose.
Low self-esteem is characterized by low self-belief and low self-esteem. People who are lacking in self-esteem tend to believe that they are not good enough, which leads them to be exploitative of others. People with low self-esteem are more likely to take advantage of other people’s insecurities and failures, even if they have nothing to gain by doing so. People with high self-esteem are not as inclined to take advantage because they feel that they are confident enough of themselves. But in order for you to win the argument that self-esteem is more important than narcissism, you must show people that you are not a victim and that you can handle life’s challenges.
One of the most difficult debates when it comes to choosing between self-esteem vs. narcissism is where to draw the line between focusing on your inner self and focusing on others. The essential issue here is that you should not look at others as your enemy. Rather, you should focus on what you have to offer them and how much value you place on them. In order to do this, you need to think of yourself as their friend. Think of yourself as their significant other. People are drawn to confident people, so the more you cultivate your own high self-esteem, the more people will feel drawn to you.
The final major difference between self-esteem vs. narcissism is that you can choose to do good deeds even if it is only for once in your lifetime. Doing good deeds done with genuine feelings will go a long way towards building your self-esteem. On the other hand, if you never feel sorry for yourself or try to justify your wrongdoings, then you will be drawn to do things that will make you feel guilty. As such, people with low self-esteem are the ones who spend their entire lives blaming others for their problems. This will invariably lead to the narcissists having even more power over them. To prevent this from happening, develop the ability to be self-confident without being overly self-conscious and self-absorbed.