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Psychology 101Self-Esteem Understanding the ConceptWhether people know it or not everyone has a self-esteem but somehave better grasps on it than others do Most peoples self-esteemjudgments are based on what they value their beliefs or interestsand the attitudes that they have Beane 1993 p 6 Therefore it isimpossible to escape the notion that someone doesnt have a self-esteemIt is whatever they make it out to be but not only do they choose theirown self-esteem but others have a big part in deciding it as wellI have two friends who are totally different in every aspect especiallytheir self-esteem My one friend Karis has a high self-esteem she getsgood grades is the star of the volleyball team and has loving parentsDavina on the other hand has a low self-esteem Shes not as brighta student as she wants to be nor does she play any sports or haveloving parents Her mother and father divorced a few years back andDavina has been forgotten ever since She lived at her best freindshouse for a few years to finish schooling as her father took off withher little sisters and her mother moved away to start a new familySince her abandonment Davina hasnt been the same She is afraidto speak in class always scared that others will make fun of herHer grades used to be good but now she has no confidence that shecan pass the tests Gym is a nightmare as Davina is reluctant to wearshorts always professing that she is to fat She will only sit withher friend s at lunch to frightened to go out of her way and makenew friends and she never smiles Davina is convinced that everyonetalks about her behind her back and when a teacher asks her a questionshe slinks back in her chair afraid of the snickers shell receiveif she gives the wrong answer Self-esteem involves an individualssense of self worth Beane 1984 p 6 and Davina seems to have noneSelf-evaluations of a person
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