What is self-esteem? A person’s level of self-worth is an important concept to know. It can be compared, in some ways, to the air one breathes. A low self-image is unhealthy; however, a high-self image is positive. Many psychologists define self-esteem differently.
Self-esteem is the ability to appraise oneself with respect. It encompasses an individual’s overall evaluation of themselves, as well as their attitudes, feelings, and emotions regarding themselves. The first step to achieving a good self-image is establishing one’s self-confidence. The second step to improving your self-image is changing your negative beliefs about yourself and others. Finally, you must learn to manage your emotions so that you do not blow up in unreasoning disputes with others.
What are self-confidence, then, but a lack of self-confidence? Low self-confidence is the blind area where we refuse to look at the world the way it is and to look inside ourselves for answers rather than within others and abstract concepts. We feel so secure in our own “blind area,” that we shut out other sources of information. This means that our self-evaluation of ourselves is incomplete, and we may have a distorted view of ourselves and of life in general.
Self-image and self-confidence are closely related. A person with a low self-image is a person who has a poor self-image. Low self-image often stems from a negative childhood experience. Negative child-rearing experiences can lead to a stunted growth process and a low self-image. Low self-confidence can also be caused by a history of abuse. The more that people reject their own image, the more they will be convinced that others do so.
You can boost your self-image and your self-confidence by using positive self-talk and by practicing self-affirmation. People who have a good self-image tend to have high self-confidence. When they talk to others about themselves, they speak only positive terms. When they practice positive self-talk on a regular basis, their opinions, actions and accomplishments will show the results they desire.
What are self-confidence, then, but an appropriate level of self-esteem? It is the ability to assume responsibility for your own future and to live up to your own ideal. Self-efficacy means being confident in your abilities and strengths. High self-efficacy is closely related to self-image and self-confidence. Those who are realistic about their skills and talents are more likely to treat themselves as well-rounded human beings with high self-confidence and low self-confidence.
If you ask most people what is self-esteem, the majority would say that it is having a realistic sense of your own worth and abilities. Unfortunately, however, until very recently, few people were able to define or measure this concept objectively. Only in the past century has mankind begun to address what is known as the “blind area” of our human relations.
In the past, our concept of self-confidence was primarily related to how others see us and what they thought we should be. Today, self-confidence is more a matter of what we feel about ourselves, what we want others to think about us and how we want them to react to us. This is why self-affirmations, self-image and self-confidence are so important to improving your personal relationship with yourself and others. Just remember, a successful person is one who knows and believes that he or she is valuable.
It may seem obvious, but the first step in improving your self-esteem is to know and believe, in your heart of hearts, that you are a valuable person. We all have a certain amount of inherent value. Your own self-image is directly influenced by your perception of other people’s perception of you. When you tell yourself you are a valuable person, this helps to motivate you to do and take the necessary steps to make you a valuable person. However, it is also possible for your self-image to be completely unrelated to how other people see you.
If your self-image is not based on your true worth as a person, then the reality of your world view will always be different from the way others see you. When this happens, it can have an enormous effect on your level of self-esteem and can be one of the major factors in your ability to attract success into your life. As difficult as it may seem to believe, having a good self-image is one of the key ingredients to building healthy, satisfying relationships and human relations.
So, the next time you want to boost your self-esteem, don’t forget that you need to make sure you are doing the right things to build it up. The real secret to improving self-esteem is to understand human relations and the role of self-esteem in human relations. If you want to learn more about building great relationships and getting the best results in them, you really need to read The Secret. You need to understand human relations better if you want to improve your self-esteem. Are you ready to change the way you view yourself and others? Then start today.