Understanding Self-Esteem

‘Confidence in ones own worth or abilities; self-respect‘ – Oxford Languages

When discussing self-esteem, it is important to understand that there are three different types to consider and that not all self-esteem is positive.

Inflated Self-Esteem:

A person with this type of self-esteem tend to believe that they are better than others and will underestimate the skills and talents of everyone around them. This form of self-esteem is a negative form. Having inflated self-esteem can hold the individual back when it comes to establishing healthy, affectionate relationships with others.

High Self-Esteem:

People with this type of self-esteem tend to accept and value themselves at a respectable level. This form is seen as being a positive type of self-esteem. By no means does this mean that the individual will not have barriers and walls that need to be broken down when forming relationships with others. However, they are much more likely to have a confidence within themselves that makes it much easier for them to face any problems that may occur in their life.

Low Self-Esteem:

This type of self-esteem means that the individual does not value themselves or trust in their possibilities. The individual is likely to have a high sense of insecurity which spills over into all that they do. People who have low self-esteem tend to carry a deep fear of failure which torments them daily.
It may be that the individual feels fairly content with a situation, however the second that things begin to go wrong, their self-esteem quickly disappears. These people tend to be very sensitive and can be easily influenced by others; they may voice their opinions but when challenged they are much less likely to defend themselves.

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