What is self-esteem?
Self-esteem describes a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value. In other words, how much you appreciate and like yourself; so, it’s the opinion you hold of yourself. And it’s surprising how low this opinion can be with pretty poor consequences.
It involves a variety of beliefs about yourself, such as what you think of your appearance, , levels of intelligence, confidence, beliefs, emotions, and behaviours.
When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. It makes us better able to deal with life’s ups and downs. When our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and our life in a more negative and critical light. We also feel less able to take on the challenges that life throws at us.
Self-esteem often is seen as a personality trait, which means that it tends to be stable and enduring. But you can change your levels of self-esteem with some work and effort.