what is self esteem and why is it important

​What you see in the mirror

Imagine a “psychological mirror” that reflects not just your physical appearance, but also your personality traits, abilities, values, beliefs, and preferences. Self esteem is like looking into this “psychological mirror” and then liking - or disliking - what you see. It is your overall personal evaluation of yourself.

what is self esteem how to have a healthy or positive self-esteem

Healthy or positive self-esteem is when people feel good about themselves; they recognise their own strengths and abilities, while accepting the flaws and limitations. They believe in their ability to overcome difficulties, and seek help when they need it. Hence, people with positive self-esteem are able to think competently, make wise choices, feel good about relationships with friends and families, and cope with the inevitable challenges of life.

Low self-esteem occurs when people don’t value their own ideas and opinions, and constantly worry about not being good enough. As a result, low self-esteem may make everything in life seem difficult. Sometimes, low self-esteem results from not being able to accept one’s own limitations.

A person’s thinking patterns have the biggest impact on self-esteem. For example, if you tend to think you cannot do many things, or you constantly focus on your flaws, you are more likely to experience low self-esteem.

Improving your self-esteem is not easy but it can help you to be more open to trying new experiences, more flexible in problem-solving, and give you the confidence to stand up for your ideas and opinions.

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