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What are the factors that contribute to low self-esteem? How does low self-esteem influence the presentation of self to others?

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Monday, 21 October 2002 Candace Clarke What are the factors that contribute to low self-esteem? How does low self-esteem influence the presentation Of self to others? Self-esteem can be defined as how we value our self, how we rate ourselves, generally what we think about our self. People with high self-esteem generally think well of themselves, in contrast those who have a low self-esteem tend to think lowly of themselves. We build up an esteem (or not as the case may be) by communications from others (be it approval or disapproval, acceptance or dismissal etc.) also from our self-image. A lot of what we think about ourselves is built up on the feedback we get from those we communicate with. A situation where some-ones self-esteem could be damaged or decreased would be when atmospheres seem to change when that person arrives for example. ...read more.


Person A would not have seen their worth in the group and would have felt like an outcast. Self-image is a personal view of what we are (be it actual, mirror or ideal). This personal view can contribute to our level of self-esteem. Well will esteem ourselves highly on things we are happy about our selves, such as being: kind, peaceful, and intelligent etc. However when it comes to things that we know we don't excel in like keeping calm in a chaotic situation our self-esteem decreases as we don't feel we are able to handle the situation. Our self-image and our self-esteem have direct correlation and work hand in hand. Our level of self-esteem can influence the way that we portray ourselves to others. ...read more.


We can only evaluate some-ones level of self-esteem when it comes to communicating with them, as it's only by communication that we are able to see and recognise peoples personality traits. Someone with low self-esteem will portray it (often subconsciously) in slack body pasture, closed body gestures, lack of eye contact with people. In general they are introvert and dislike taking risks when it comes to socialising. They talk about themselves in very negative terms and often envy other for their abilities. Their ways of speaking can also show their lack of self esteem in that sentences are full of hesitations and are often repetitive of words like you know and um. Having a low self-image will evidently enable one to construct a low self-esteem about ones self. Such thought processes and images are often made manifest and evident through communication. ...read more.

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