A self-esteem scale attempts to determine whether or not you have self-esteem issues.
A commonly used test is the Rosenberg Scale,
which consists of ten questions that the person taking it must answer as honestly as possible.
The questions are all phrased as first person statements, such as “I feel that I have a number of good qualities’ and ‘At times I think I am no good at all’. Whether or not you feel that the statements accurately reflect your view of yourself determines your level of self-esteem.
The person answering the questions is asked to pick from four categories- Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree. The test generally takes less than five minutes, making it easy to self administer.
The theory behind most self-esteem scales is that the answers will give an over all view of the person’s feelings and perception of themselves. The test is scored based on the strength of each answer in comparison to the question asked.
A person with a score of between fifteen and twenty on the Rosenberg Scale is considered to have normal self-esteem. A score below fifteen indicates some self-esteem issues are present, and a score below ten is considered to show very low self-esteem.
All tests are fallible, so the results of a
test should not be taken as definitive proof of either an existing problem or the absence of one. Taking the test several times over a period of months and using other diagnostic tools will help give a clearer picture of an individual’s level of self-esteem.
If you feel your self-esteem is low, you may wish to take the test; just remember if you have an alarming score the best course of action is to take steps to increase your self-esteem and boost your sense of personal worth.
Self-esteem tests have been used with success to determine the self-esteem of adolescents, adults and elderly subjects, both male and female, across a wide array of social backgrounds.
Self-esteem scales are a great tool to use when attempting to rebuild your own self-esteem as you can focus on the specific aspects of your mental process you need to address. By determining your weak points, you can decide what you can do to improve your self-esteem levels.
Using a self-esteem scale is not a new concept! Such diagnostic tools have been around since the mid sixties, and have been proven to be reliable. They were originally developed for use in children, but the positive benefits for adults quickly became apparent.
Nowadays, the Rosenberg Self -Esteem Scale is used in all types of situations ranging from substance abuse clinics to professional therapists offices, and you can easily do a test at home to discover how high (or low) your own self-esteem falls on the scale.
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