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So. . . . What Is Self Esteem?
Put simply, self esteem is a person's own evaluation of themselves psychologically, emotionally,
physically, and spiritually. Self esteem is mainly about the worth we give ourselves, how much
we like ourselves, and how well we feel about ourselves. Self esteem is something we have
internalized over time, and has often been influenced by other sources such as friends, family,
and any significant other figures in our lives. If a person is told that they are 'not good
enough' over a certain period of time by a close one; or colleague; or teacher for example; it is
likely this person will to some extent have believed the criticism as 'truth'. We can often be
tricked into thinking rich and successful people have undoubtedly got the highest levels of self
esteem. This however is an illusion. Our lives can be broken down into different categories
and, while career; wealth; and status are three particular categories; self esteem may be
lacking in family, relationship, and health categories for example. We are all human, so it
follows that our self esteem will fluctuate throughout the different changes and challenges we
So. . . . Why Is Self Esteem Important?
Self esteem is important because it gives you the piece of mind you need to appreciate your
own life and the lives of others. Self esteem, brings a person joy; confidence; well being; and
wholeness. A person with a good level of self esteem, has the ability to live life joyfully
regardless of set backs. The good news is, improving self esteem is easy when a person realizes
that she/he can take responsibility over there own thoughts feelings and behaviors. Improving
self esteem is as easy as taking up a small hobby such as reading. Learning to do self esteem
enhancing exercises will lead you toward a better and happier life.
And. . . . How Do I begin To Improve My Self?
You can simply begin today to work through some of the ideas and exercises listed in this
book. Some of them might be more appealing to you than others (After all we are all different)
as you read through the information, become aware of how what you are learning you can
incorporate into your own life. Be sure to try to relax, there is no need to be anxious about the
exercises. If you do feel a little anxious though, remember that this is only because you want
what's best for yourself (in this case building self esteem as best you can). Throughout this
book, relaxation will be a core message which will undoubtedly lead you to becoming more
self aware and at peace with yourself. Please note, this book is only aimed as a complimentary
therapy, and if you are suffering with a medical condition, you might wish to consult a Doctor
who could direct you to a relevant source of her/his recommendation.
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