Self-Esteem

26 02 2011

Conventional psychology sees self-esteem as the evaluation someone makes of their own attributes and characteristics based on their observation of themselves and on the input of others.

What I see in myself is one important component of self-esteem.  However, it is an incomplete and often faulty picture.  Subjectivity can lead to misinterpretation when assessing people, including ourselves.

There is a great deal of error when one judges oneself in terms of ability, looks, character, power, etc.  There always are going to be people smarter, better looking, and more gifted than you; at the same time, there always will be people who will look at you and feel themselves to be inferior.

A reasonable amount of love should go to oneself.  There should be a healthy pride in things well done, in well-accomplished tasks, and in the good traits and characteristics one may possess.  There is an expected attitude of self-protection and caring for oneself.  The problem comes when someone does not give credit to God, the Creator of all good things in us.

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3

Our concept of self often is shaped by the reaction others display, based on their outward observation of us.  If everyone tells you that you are pretty, you will be more likely to view yourself as pretty.

But there always is much more to each of us than meets the eye.  Individuals experiencing poor self-esteem need to think in terms of personal traits or attributes that are of true value and not necessarily what the world values, because so often what the world values is of no value to God.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

But most societies tend to place excessive value on outward, observable features.  The effects of prejudice are devastating.

Be humble.  Be careful.  Helping somebody also enhances your self-esteem.

– Bible Study Guide, February19 – 24, 2011

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