When it comes to self-esteem and confidence, many people often get the two confused or they use the terms interchangeably when they’re actually not the exact same thing. In fact, one of them is actually part of the other. So let’s take a look at these two in a little more detail.
This is your overall opinion of yourself. It’s how you feel about your capabilities and limitations. When your self-esteem is healthy, you feel good about yourself and you see yourself as someone who deserves respect from others. When you have a low self-esteem, you put very little value on your ideas and opinions. You might worry that you’re not good enough on a daily basis.
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You tend to focus on perceived faults and weaknesses while giving very little credit to assets and skills you harbor. You believe others are more successful and capable than you are. You have difficulty accepting positive feedback from others, you fear failure, and this holds you back from succeeding at school and work.
Healthy: When your self-esteem is healthy, you are balanced and have an accurate view of who you are. For instance, you have a good opinion about yourself as an overall person, but you’re still able to recognize that you have flaws.
When you are grounded in reality and have a healthy self-esteem, it means that you have a balanced, accurate view of who you are. It’s hard to have too much of a healthy self-esteem, but people often confuse boasting and feeling superior as a way of having too much self-esteem. In reality, this is more likely someone who has a low self-esteem and feels insecure.
When you have a good self-esteem, you value yourself and feel secure and worthwhile. You have a generally positive attitude and relationships with others and feel confident about your skills. You’re open to learning and feedback, which can help you master new skills.
A healthy self-esteem has the following benefits:
Makes you more assertive in expressing your opinions and