Self-esteem is a concept used to convey the positive action you have for yourself.
It is based on your assessment of your own value and significance.
Self-esteem is essential for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Today, there are very many people with poor self-esteem who consciously or unconsciously do not think they are good enough or deserve to be well, which makes it more difficult to perceive the environment as friendly and accepting.
Self-esteem is affected by the interaction with others.
It reflects the messages received and is received about itself from "significant others" whether these messages are explicit or implicit, verbal or non-verbal, valid or invalid.
It is important to realize that people tend to accept without a doubt most of what they learn about themselves.
Most of the time, one cannot distinguish between valid and invalid criticism and many people first believe in the negative messages they receive.
Developing self-esteem begins with self-reflection and self-awareness.
Self-reflection is a process of communicating internally with oneself.
- You take time to think about your own character and behavior in order to be able to talk to yourself about your actions and experiences.
- This provides an opportunity to develop an awareness of their own way of working.
Self-awareness is an understanding of one's own personality or individuality.
- You consciously know and understand your own character, feelings, motives and desires to perceive ourselves as unique and separate individuals.
- This provides an opportunity to build on our strengths and make positive changes.
Reflection and Awareness give us a basic sense of how we value ourselves.
This is what we call SELF-ESTEEM
It affects WHO WE ARE - our IDENTITY.