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What is Self Esteem?

Self-esteem can generally be defined as the opinion we have of ourselves, our evaluation of our worth and the value we consider ourselves to have as people.

This includes the thoughts we have about ourselves and our abilities, the kind of person we think we are and our expectations. We all have an opinion of ourselves, therefore we all have self-esteem. The value we consider ourselves to have will vary from person to person. Our life experiences play a significant role in determining whether we have healthy self-esteem or low self-esteem. If your life experiences have generally been positive, then it is likely that the beliefs you have about yourself will also be positive and that you will have healthy self-esteem.

On the other hand, if your life experiences have generally been negative, then it is likely that the beliefs you have about yourself will also be negative. It is these negative beliefs about yourself which form low self-esteem. Most people have had a mixture of both positive and negative life experiences and tend to have a range of different beliefs about themselves which they can apply flexibly depending on the situation in which they find themselves. Self-esteem can affect all aspects of our lives on a day-to-day basis, including how we think, feel and behave.

Self-esteem is important as it is considered to be a significant measure of our psychological wellbeing.

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