esteemRaise Your Self Esteem

If you don’t know what self-esteem is, you probably don’t know if you do or don’t have it. According to Webster’s Dictionary, self-esteem is a term coined by psychologists to reflect the overall emotional evaluation of a person’s own self-worth. Self-esteem is the way that people judge themselves.

Self-esteem encompasses your belief systems with beliefs and emotions such as worthiness, competency, pride, shame, and despair. What people think about themselves determines whether they have a negative or positive evaluation of their own self-worth. According to psychologists, self-esteem is closely associated with self-consciousness.

According to psychologists, self-esteem is learned and not inherited. If you have a negative evaluation about yourself, you would have low self-esteem. By personalizing the incident, you become sensitized by the experiences around you and will experience negative emotional, physical, and cognitive feelings that could be impulse driven and automatic. People will feel emotionally blocked and upset eventually losing their own sense of self.

If you want to improve your self-esteem, a good place to start is with a therapist. A trained psychologist can help you understand that you are special and unique. Through various exercises, your therapist can help you see the positives instead of the negatives that exist in your life.

Self-esteem is contagious. If you surround yourself with people who have high self-esteem, you can forget about the occasional failures and look at the bright side of life. People with high self-esteem look at the bigger picture and don’t despair over the little things.

If you have low self-esteem make a list of 20 things that you like about yourself. You probably won’t be able to do this in one sitting, but persevere; you may be surprised at what you come up with. Include on your list things that you like about yourself, your personality, your looks, and your characteristics.

When you have poor self-esteem, it can affect your entire life including your relationships and your work. Try to see the positive instead of the negative and you just might wake up in the morning with a smile on your face. 

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