Self-Esteem is a way of thinking, feeling, and acting that implies that you accept, respect, trust, and believe in yourself.  When you accept yourself, you can live comfortably with both your personal strengths and weaknesses without undue self-criticism.  When you respect yourself, you acknowledge your own dignity and value as a unique human being.

You treat yourself well in much the same way you would treat someone else you respect.  Self-trust means that your behaviours and feelings are consistent enough tho give you an inner sense of continuity and coherence despite changes and challenges in your external circumstances.

To believe in yourself means that you feel you deserve to have the good things in life.  It also means that you  have confidence that you can fulfill your deepest personal needs, aspirations, and goals.  To get a sense about your own level of self-esteem, think of someone (or imagine what it would be like to know someone) whom you fully accept, respect, trust, and believe in.   Now ask yourself what extent you hold these attitudes toward yourself?


Posted by Johann Krynauw on Saturday, 6 June 2020


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