Definition of self-esteem

Self-esteem, self confidence and self worth

Definition of self-esteem according to Wikipedia;

“In psychology, self-esteem reflects a person's overall self-appraisal of their own worth.

1. The original definition (by William James)presents self-esteem as a ratio found by dividing one’s successes in areas of life of importance to a given individual by the failures in them or one’s “success / pretensions”.

2. Morris Rosenberg and social-learning theorists defined self-esteem in terms of a stable sense of personal worth or worthiness, measurable by self-report (Rosenberg self esteem scale). This became the most frequently used definition for research.”

The third definition (according to Wikipedia) is made by Nathaniel Branden, but I chose a more detailed description from the author’s famous book: The power of self-esteem;

“Self-esteem is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the requirements of life. More specifically, self-esteem is…

1. Confidence in our ability to think and to cope with the basic challenges of life.

2. Confidence in our right to be happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, entitled to assert our needs and wants and to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.”

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