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Self-esteem: What is Self-esteem?

len Alfred Ajibola - Thu, 16th May, 2019 @ 18:33: PM

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Academic Questions in Social Studies

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The acronym BC means _____.

  • A. Before the birth of Christ
  • B. Before Jesus Christ
  • C. Before the coming of Christ
  • D. Before the death Christ
  • E. Before Christ
  • F. Before the resurrection of Christ

Which of the following acronym is related to the Nigerian Lawyer?

  • B. NUJ
  • C. SAN
  • D. NLC
  • E. NCC
  • F. NLA

What is self-esteem?

Believe it or not, your self-esteem goes a long in your life achievements.

Too little of self-esteem will keep one down, unwilling, depressed, discouraged and defeated. Conversely, an excessive self-esteem may result into an unnecessary pride, down-looking on others, and off-putting to others.

Ideally, there should be a balance on our self esteem; and this is where a healthy self-esteem comes into place.

Note: Your self-esteem should neither be too little nor too great than your realistic inner self.

Simply put, Self-esteem is a personal reflection of one’s overall self-worth.

It is the value you have placed on yourself and thus cannot be hidden.

Please read more on Values here.

Self-esteem reflects a person’s health, experiences, mentality and self-evaluation. For this reason, people act or behave in a variety of ways. (Their various behaviors are a function of their self-esteem).

Studies have confirmed that self-esteem has a direct relationship with our overall well being.

Please read on the Uniqueness of Man here.

Self esteem will influence one’s life in many ways; be it academic, in relationships with people, in career, belief and so on.

Self esteem is not always static, especially at a person’s early and mid age. It may rise or fall based on the different experiences encountered throughout one’s life.

Around age 60, self esteem tends to remain steady before going through a gradual decline in old age.

Note: Our thoughts, opinions, feelings, physical limitations, nature of job, achievements and personal evaluation may also account for our level of self-esteem.

Children who consistently receive undue negative and unfair assessment from parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, and family members will have a higher tendency towards encountering the problems associated with low self-esteem.

The victims of various harmful traditional practices are more likely to have a low self-esteem.

Please read on the Harmful Traditional Practices in Nigeria here.

Note: Genetic (inherited or hereditary) factors may also relate to one’s self-esteem.


Characteristics of people with low self-esteem

  1. They suffer from depression.
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  2. They focus on pleasing other people and not themselves.
  3. They lack self belief.
    Please read on Reputation and How to build a good Reputation here.
  4. They easily give up on unachieved projects.
  5. They are unwilling to make an attempt in a venture.
    Please read on How to start a Home based Fish Farming Business here.
  6. They are unwilling to erase their doubts. They are afraid to take intelligent risk.
  7. They put on a negative appearance and looks.
    Please read on the Solutions to Cultism here.
  8. They appear not to be confident.
    Please read on the Leadership Qualities of Joseph that has transformed Lives here.
  9. They often end up in self pity.
  10. They often look down on themselves.
  11. Some tend to envy another person’s good.
  12. They generally accept other people’s opinion.
    Please read on your Fundamental Human Rights here.


Causes of low self-esteem

  1. Tribalism and Racism.
  2. Undue negative and unfair criticism from parents, friends and family members; especially towards children and teenagers.
  3. Physical deformity or challenge of some sort.
    Please read on Posture and Postural Defects here.
  4. Disappointment from family and friends.
  5. Poverty.
  6. Frustration from the loss of a job.
  7. Belonging to a family that is considered an outcast by other people in the society.
  8. The death of a loved one.
    Please read on the Beauty of Suffering here.
  9. Breakup in a love relationship.
    Please read on the Factors that lead to failed Marriages here.
  10. Inability to meet up with the standards of a peer-group.
  11. Poor result in academics and education.
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  12. Being a victim of certain traditional practices, for instance breast ironing or female genital mutilation.


How to overcome low self-esteem

  1. Identify the factors that resulted into the low self esteem. It could be that a child is being bullied in school or it may be an aftermath of a relationship breakup.
    It may also result from any of the causes of self esteem as listed above.
    Please read on God's Sovereignty and why it should be your Motivation here.
  2. Accept the things you cannot change about yourself. Work towards changing the things you can.
    Love yourself for who you are.
  3. Never compare your progress to other people’s progress.
    Always remember that your finger print only unique to you.
  4. Begin to make some positive efforts towards your dream. It is never too late.
  5. Read positive books and motivational quotes.
    Please read on various Motivational and Inspirational Quotes here.
  6. Remain calm when you don’t achieve perfection. Remember you are human and perfection is actually an unrealistic goal.
    Please read on the Consequences of Adam and Eve's Disobedience here.
  7. If the low esteem resulted from your act of making mistakes, just remember that everyone makes mistake.
    Your mistakes are your best teacher; so learn from it and don’t be left discouraged by it.
  8. Failure is not when you don’t achieve your goals. Failure is when you stop working in order to achieve your goals.
    Please read on the importance of Cooperation towards achieving Success here.
  9. Begin to choose your friends and stay away from negative friends.
  10. Learn to encourage yourself. Look up to a positive role model if possible.
    Please read the story of the Prodigal Son who encouraged Himself here.
  11. Learn to appreciate every success you make no matter how small it is.
  12. Don’t just believe in yourself. Work towards the belief you have in yourself. The simple truth is; no one can stop you except yourself.


Characteristics and Benefits of a healthy self-esteem

  1. You are confident in the way you look, talk and act.
  2. You are encouraged to work towards achieving your goal.
  3. You will accept/embrace the things you cannot change about yourself.
  4. You will welcome your challenging situations as opportunities.
  5. You will utilize the areas of your strength to achieve your personal goals.
  6. People with healthy self esteem do not dwell in the negative things that people think or say about them.
  7. They always encourage others and are willing to help.
    Please read on Community Service here.
  8. They are always patient with themselves.
  9. They respect other people and are respected in return.
  10. They apprecite themselves and other people.

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