Info & Self Assessment - Self Esteem
Having self esteem can be described as possessing a realistic and appreciative opinion of oneself. When we appreciate ourselves we think positively of who we are. A person with self esteem views others as equals, and is aware of their strengths and their faults while being glad to be who they are. A person with self esteem acknowledges their unconditional self worth, apart from achievements or the validation of others.
Why is self esteem important? Self esteem is central to good mental health, while poor self esteem degrades our health and happiness. Having self esteem motivates us to work hard in pursuit of the things that improve our quality of life such as being friendly, expressive, active, trusting of ourselves and others, and less troubled by problems or criticism.
The building of self esteem takes consistent effort. The good news is that it can be improved with willingness and commitment to the process. You deserve to believe in your unconditional human worth, and your value as unique and precious.
Self Assessment Questionnaire
This self-assessment is designed to help you identify if you have some symptoms of poor self esteem that may benefit from professional help. It is meant to help you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and is not designed to take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Answer each item with yes or no.
- Do I believe my worth and value is less than other peoples?
- Am I sensitive to the criticism or perceived criticism of others?
- Do I put on a false front with others in an attempt to be what I think they want?
- Am I quick to apologize or take blame regardless of whether I’ve done anything wrong?
- Do I socially withdraw from relationships or social situations to protect myself from others judgements?
- Do I shrink back from pursuing my goals and dreams because I’m scared of failing?
- Do I often experience self-critical thoughts or feel shame when I make a mistake or a situation does not go as planned?
- Do I feel hopeless or defeated in my life?
- Do I experience a lot of self-doubt which makes it hard to make decisions?
- Do I avoid making eye contact or look down when I’m around others?