Self-esteem

Does it seem like self-esteem is usually noticed, discussed or emphasized from a negative perspective? Do we hear about children with “low self-esteem” having issues? Do we hear of adults, who struggle, because they have low self-esteem? How often do we hear of children succeeding, in part, because they have high self-esteem? Is high self-esteem very often listed as a character asset for a successful person?

From a psychological perspective, from a mental health perspective, from a performance perspective is high or positive self-esteem not critical to success? Why does it seem that there more emphasis on “fixing” low self-esteem than in developing high self-esteem?

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness and generosity?”–Nathaniel Branden

Is self-esteem a quality that is misunderstood or difficult to identify? Do some confuse self-esteem with ego? Does high self-esteem correlate with big egos? Is it possible that they correlate inversely? Could one consider self-esteem as an authentic evaluation of how one sees themselves? Could one consider ego as a false or fake evaluation of self?

If self-esteem is of such value, can it be more encouraged, cultivated and developed in young people? Is this something that needs to be addressed with attention and intention by parents, teachers, religious leaders, sports coaches and all those involved in youth activities? What can we do to foster high self-esteem in young people?

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