Why is Self-Esteem Important?
A person's self-worth is vital for social and mental well-being. One's level of self-esteem should be balanced, as self-esteem levels are a factor in physical and mental health. How someone sees themself, whether it be as not enough or borderline narcissistic, affects their self-esteem, influencing their goals, aspirations, social behaviour, and mental and physical well-being. Thus, it is important to maintain a healthy level of self-esteem.
"What matters the most is how you see yourself." -Anonymous
What Affects Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem is affected by many factors:
- Society/Social Media -Society creates the "perfect image" and impossible standards, lowering self-esteem. However, social media can also boost self-esteem with publicity.
- Body Image/Self-image -Studies suggest that appearance is the primary basis of self-evaluation. So believing oneself doesn't have the perfect body is a leading cause for low self-esteem.
- Beliefs -What a person believes about themself as well as their personal belief or faith can affect self-esteem levels. Knowing who you are, why you're here, and where you're going plays an important role in your self-worth.
- Parents/peers -The environment one grows up in and how they are treated by parents and peers can have wither a positive or negative affect on self-esteem.
- Age -A notion that self-esteem moves with aging process; increases into adult-hood, decreases during old age.
The Levels and Types of Self-Esteem