What is Self-esteem?
Self-esteem is about having a positive attitude towards yourself. Therefore, self-esteem involves loving and respecting yourself.
Not everyone has the same self-esteem. We can see people who undervalue themselves to the point of not loving themselves as they are; or others to whom the opposite happens.
Why is it essential to develop our Self-esteem?
It is crucial to develop, work and improve our self-esteem daily. The
Self-esteem helps us feel much better about ourselves, which influences our behavior. Therefore, good self-esteem can help us:
I was getting to love ourselves as we are. Be good with yourself. Confident, safe, and above all, be in tune with yourself. When we know each other perfectly, we know what our strengths and weaknesses are. Therefore, this allows us to work our virtues to the point of developing the best we have of ourselves. Thus achieving self-realization as people. Furthermore, when we face the world with a positive vision, we are much more capable of achieving our goals and objectives. Many times what psychologists call "the self-fulfillment prophecy" happens. For example, if you think that you will not be able to achieve something, surely you will not achieve it (because you will not do many of the things that you would have to do to achieve it); Otherwise, with a much more positive and proactive vision, we can achieve everything we set out to do. When you are good with yourself, it will be reflected in your behavior and relationship with the environment. Therefore, a person with good self-esteem will relate much better with new people, interact much more positively, establish more lasting relationships, etc.
Self-esteem, the value we make of ourselves, is one of the most important factors that influence our well-being. Having high self-esteem is key to relating to others, and it makes us resistant to adversity.
What determines that we have a high or low self-esteem depends basically on four factors: our history of triumphs and the position we achieve through the recognition that these give us, the areas associated with these triumphs (if they are significant for us), respect and the interest we receive from others and the external or internal attribution we make of the adverse events we encounter every day.
The different types of self-esteem
Self-esteem is a subject that arouses great interest from the point of view of psychology. Well, the professionals of this discipline know perfectly the importance of this variable in the appearance of emotional and psychological problems.
Psychologists have been interested in this topic, and from Psychology and Mind, we have made several articles that deal with it. If you want to deepen your knowledge of self-esteem, you can read our articles:
The four types of self-esteem: do you value yourself? Ten keys to increase your self-esteem in 30 days Low selfsteem? When you become your worst enemy
The best phrases and reflections on self-esteem
Throughout history, many well-known characters have referred to this psychological variable in their works, self-esteem. In today’s article, I will go over the top quotes that refer to the ability to know yourself, improve self-worth, and enhance self-esteem.
Let us begin!
- When you recover or discover something that feeds your soul and brings you joy, take care of loving yourself enough and make a space for it in your life (Jean Shinoda Bolen)
Sometimes the things that make us happy pass through our lives without even realizing it. Loving ourselves includes valuing these things or people around us and that, for different reasons, we may not take them into account. In this way, we will regret it in the future.
- You, as much as anyone else in the entire universe, deserve their love and affection (Buddha)
Buddha tells us in this sentence that no one will love us as much as we do and that, although sometimes it is difficult for us to see it, we all deserve our love and affection.
More phrases from Buddha. "10 Buddhist phrases to find inner peace."
- Always remember that you not only have the right to be an individual, but you should be (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Although the negative sometimes blinds us, Roosevelt reminds us that we are unique and valuable people.
- If you only realized how important you are to the lives of those you know, how important you could be to people you have not dreamed of meeting yet. There is something of you that you leave in every person you meet (Fred Rogers). You need to know that you leave a mark on the people you meet. We all have qualities that other people value.
- Low self-esteem is like driving through life with the parking brake on (Maxwell Maltz)
This phrase by Maxwell Maltz says that low self-esteem is our worst enemy; it is like carrying a backpack full of stones.
- What is ahead of us and behind us are only trifles compared to what is within us (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Happiness is not found outside but within us. We usually make a mistake thinking that others will make us happy or that we will be satisfied by buying things. That is not true because what makes us happy is to be good with ourselves and settle for what is necessary.
Self-esteem corresponds to the positive or negative assessment that one makes of himself.
It is the predisposition to know that you are fit for life and satisfy your own needs, feeling competent to face the challenges that appear and deserve happiness.
Two fundamental aspects define self-esteem:
Sense of personal efficacy "self-efficacy": confidence in the functioning of the mind is the ability to think about the processes by which it is judged, chosen, and decided. Confidence in the ability to understand the facts of reality that fall within the field of interests and needs, and in being able to know oneself (Orduña, 2003).
In short, it is the predisposition to experience oneself competent to face the challenges of life; consequently, confidence in one’s mind and its processes.
Sense of personal merit or self-dignity: it is the security of self-worth, an affirmative attitude towards the right to live and be happy. Comfort inappropriately expressing thoughts wants, and needs; feel that joy is the natural right.
Therefore, it is the tendency to feel worthy of success and happiness; consequently, the perception of oneself as a person for whom success, respect, friendship, and love are appropriate.
Self-efficacy and self-dignity are the fundamental characteristics of self-esteem; the lack of any of them deteriorates it.