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Self Esteem


Self-esteem is a concept that is quite new, having only been around for a couple of hundred years. Self-esteem is a psychological term to describe an individual’s appraisal or assessment of self worth. In some ways self-esteem is a concept rooted in industrialised cultures with a focus on the individual and is not considered so important or even relevant in cultures where the focus is more on family or community.

Self-esteem is not considered to be the same as self confidence, as people who exhibit confidence sometimes do not have high self worth. Low self- esteem is considered a problem by many psychologists, counsellors and therapists because it can lead to feelings of depression or hopelessness. In fact low self esteem can appear quite similar to depression from the outside as it often leaves people feeling tired, lacking in motivation and bored with life.

Personal coaches, counsellors and therapists believe that self-esteem can be improved. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, creative activities, participating in sports with others and lifestyle changes can sometimes assist people to feel better about themselves. Building self esteem is regarded by many practitioners as a process that takes place over time, so developing an on-going therapeutic relationship with an online therapist, coach or counsellor can be influential in bringing about change.

This information is only general and is not a substitute for a professional consultation.

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