Essay Self Reflection On Self Esteem

1557 Words Nov 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Self-esteem is a critical part of one’s self-awareness as it heavily influences how we perceive and value ourselves (Beebe, Beebe & Ivy., p.32., 2007). Self-esteem also influences how we relate and interact with others as it can affect our perception. However, it is important to note that self-esteem is not static as it can change over the course of time or even over the course of a day due to both external and internal influences such as a television ads making you feel bad about your appearance, your boss criticizing your work, or for a positive example, someone complimenting your clothes. Communication influences self-esteem in a variety of ways that can either be positive or negative, which can range from self-expectations, self-talk and the relationships with those around you. All of these have a significant impact on one’s self-esteem. Beebe, Beebe and Ivy illustrate how self-talk, or intrapersonal communication affects self-esteem by saying that positive and negative self-talk is related to “the building and maintaining of one’s self-concept.” (p. 44., 2007.) Positive and supportive relationships with those around you can create higher self-esteem and help foster honest relationships that allow for feedback about yourself (Beebe, et al., p. 46., 2007.) Self-awareness is critical to self-esteem because they are intertwined and evolve over time. As we grow, we become more aware of our innate values and beliefs as we strive for self-actualization but we don’t live in a…

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