Self Esteem is typically defined as a person’s evaluation of his or her own worth.
A healthy self esteem is thought to develop in childhood through having consistent experiences of feeling loved, cared for, encouraged and praised by your parents and family.
Unfortunately many people miss out on some of these experiences and become prone to self-doubt, insecurity and self criticism. This in turn, can lead to problems with relationships, friendships, or work.
While important, the concept of self-esteem has been heavily critiqued in recent times and is no longer seen by many therapists as a very reliable measurement of a person’s psychological well-being.
Rather than self esteem, recent psychological therapies emphasis the importance of self-compassion and self-acceptance as more worthwhile attributes and are more strongly linked to qualities such as wisdom, happiness, optimism, life satisfaction, emotional intelligence, social connectedness and overall well-being.
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