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Self Esteem What exactly is self-esteem In simplest terms its the value we place on ourselves While everyone has self-esteem only a small percentage have high self-esteem In Maximum Self-Esteem The Handbook for Reclaiming Your Sense of Self-Worth it states that there are three aspects of self-esteem Aspect One Our feelings about ourselves With high self-esteem we accept ourselves unconditionally exactly as we are we appreciate our values as a human being Those who have high self-esteem accept themselves and feel good about themselves They like their uniqueness although they may not be able to hit a home run or slam a basketball They forgive themselves and are liked by themselves even if other people dont like them With low self-esteem we believe we have little intrinsic worth We believe our personal value is in direct proportion to the value of our accomplishments Some examples of people who have low self-esteem are those who try too hard and become very competitive and over-achievers They have few actual feelings of self-worth and try to show that they are someone by their successes and achievements For example a man who has low self-esteem may go out and buy a 1999 Corvette fully loaded and show it off to everyone he knows just to hear them say how nice it is or to ask how much it was and to be able to say Around 60000 Because of the desire for perfection they set unreachable goals and are upset if they do not meet them Or if they meet a goal its never good enough Aspect Two Our feelings about life When we have high self-esteem we accept responsibility for and have a feeling of control over every part of our lives Those with high self-esteem have a grasp on reality They do not blame it for their problems They believe that anything that happens to them ultimately is because of choices
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