Self-esteem is one's attitude toward oneself according to Dr. Rosenberg, Professor of Sociology at University of Maryland. He described it as a favorable or unfavorable attitude toward self.
What are the 3 Types of Self-Esteem?
The 3 types of self-esteem are inflated self-esteem, low self-esteem and high self-esteem.
A person with an inflated self-esteem has an exaggerated perception of oneself. They believe that they are privileged and should be praised. It is difficult for them to accept criticism, see their own mistakes or work as a team. They love the best clothing and other material things.
A person with a low self-esteem is needy and feel unworthy, has a poor self-image, negative self-talk and afraid to express themselves. They believe that they can't do better so they stop trying. Low self-esteem can be a result of unresolved trauma, external factors, life experiences and certain mental health conditions.
A person with a high self-esteem has a high sense of self-worth, trust their own judgement, live in the present moment and puts their needs first. They have positive characteristics, self-confidence and live happier lives.
5 Factors That Influence Self-Esteem
Age. Self-esteem gets better with age
Health. Sickness, injury or disability
Genetics. Heredity can influence our psychological resources
Environment. Surroundings, family environment, relationships
Life Experiences. Personal and professional failures and successes
How To Measure Self-Esteem?
Dr. Rosenberg was a Professor of Sociology at University of Maryland from 1975 until his death in 1997. Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale (SES) is widely used self-esteem measure in social science research. It is a scale from 0-30, where 15 or less indicates a low self-esteem. Self-esteem is one's attitude toward oneself according to Dr. Rosenberg. He described it as a favorable or unfavorable attitude toward oneself.
How To Raise Your Self-Esteem
Be Yourself. Don't compare yourself to others.
Accept Yourself. Stop negative self-talk.
Trust Yourself. Have faith in your own feelings and judgements.
Practice Self Love. Put your needs first.
Stop People Pleasing. You don't need approval of others.
Focus on Your Strengths. Do things that you are good at.
Change Your Surroundings. Fix the eternal world (people, places. things).
Face Your Fears. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something different.
Practice Mindfulness. Stay in the present moment. Don't worry about the past or future.
Building your self-esteem will take time. Develop a plan and set a goal about what you need to work on. Take small steps until you reach your goal.
When you have a healthy self-esteem, you will make better life decisions, maintain healthy relationships with yourself and others and have a quality life.
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