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How Do You Feel About Yourself Recognizing Signs of High and Low Self-Esteem By Suzanne E Harrill Self-esteem is a term that gets bandied around a lot these days often a little too frivolously The downside is that self-esteem has become a clich an easy label and the subject of considerable derisive humor The upside is that almost everyone knows the meaning and importance of self-esteem that happiness self-empowerment satisfaction in work good relationships and success are all built on a foundation of healthy self-esteem Inner Resources Gird Outer Confidence High self-esteem is a quiet comfortable feeling of total acceptance and love for yourself as you are It is respecting and valuing yourself as a worthwhile human being honestly seeing your good and not-so-good qualities and taking care of and nurturing yourself so you can become all that you are capable of being High self-esteem is characterized by congruence between inner states beliefs feelings attitudes and outer states behavior relationships health Signs of High Self-Esteem Having an internal locus of control getting okayness from within not from others Taking care of yourself physically emotionally mentally and spiritually Maintaining a balance between extremes of thought feeling and behavior when out-of-balance taking action to correct Learning from mistakes and being able to say I made a mistake Im sorry Managing your life responsibly Honoring individual differences among people Listening to other points of view Taking responsibility for your own perceptions and reactions not projecting onto others Having the ability to listen to your wise inner self your intuition and to act on this guidance Demonstrating self-respect self-confidence and self-acceptance Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses Choosing continuous self-improvement and taking positive risks Balancing being and doing Feeling warm and loving towards yourself Giving and
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