Psychology Definitions: Self-Esteem
Self-Esteem is an our subjective evaluation of worth. Self esteem is comprised of either thoughts about ourselves ("I am worthy" or "I perform well") or emotional states, such as pride, shame, or confidence.
Possessing high self-esteem is a precious psychological resource, correlating with achievement, good relationships, and satisfaction. Possessing low self-regard often correlates with depression, failure to achieve goals, and willingness to remain in abusive relationships and harmful environments.
Psychologists regard self-esteem as an enduring personality trait. However, short variations in levels of self-esteem are common.
The strength of our self-esteem can be measured by a variety of factors:
Self-esteem is often used interchangeably with self-worth, self-regard, and self-respect.
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