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What is Self-Esteem?

Posted on: November 15, 2010

           Self-esteem is the degree to which we value
           ourselves. Research suggests that our
           awareness or concept of self is thought to
           arise mainly out of our social experiences.
           We usually come to experience ourselves as we
           perceive that others see us. How we view ourselves is
           like a mirror which reflects the imagined evaluations
           of others about us. Therefore, the self-concept which
           incorporates the notion of self-esteem appears to be
           formed and developed from the outside inwards.
           Particularly in our early years, we are
           dramatically influenced by what other people think
           about us. This colours our view of ourselves. It is
           interesting to appreciate that if we have been
           brought up in a different way we might now have a
           different self-esteem, even though we are still
           essentially the same person.
           So, how we develop our sense of self in relation to
           others is crucial to developing self-esteem. Not only
           are we mirrors to each other. We also act as mirrors
           to ourselves. We vividly communicate how we view
           ourselves to others through our actions.
           In sum, act as if you love yourself and others will
           love you. Act as if you hate yourself, and others will
           hate you. The more you hate yourself, the more
           others will dislike and feel uncomfortable around you
           and the less self-esteem you will possess. 
           ~ Irene


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Irene S. Roth, Freelance Writer for Teens, Tweens, and Kids

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