Topic 1 Differentiating between healthy, low and excessive self-esteem.

Self-Esteem describes a person’s ability to describe their personal opinion of themselves.

People may describe themselves positively or negatively depending on a wide range of factors including their age; their gender;  their weight or height; their sense of identify; their sense of belonging; or even whether they appreciate themselves.

During our lives, people can describe themselves more positively or more negatively. For this reason, people can experience periods of low self-esteem, healthy self-esteem and excessive self-esteem.

Did you know that typically, self esteem is lower in younger people, and increases as you get older?

Here are some of the most common traits of people with healthy, low and excessive self-esteem.

People with Low-self esteem:

  • Often struggle to express themselves in a positive way;
  • They find it difficult to make and keep friends;
  • Might think that others are better than they are;
  • Have a negative outlook on life;
  • Lack confidence in their abilities;
  • Find it hard to say no and set boundaries.

People with healthy self-esteem:

  • Understand and recognise their abilities;
  • Accept their strengths and weaknesses;
  • Set realistic expectations for themselves;
  • Are confident and can express their needs;
  • Can maintain healthy relationships with others.

People with Excessive Self-Esteem

  • Expect praise all of the time, even when it is not deserved or warranted;
  • Feel they are over-talented and entitled;
  • Struggle to accept advice, criticism or feedback from other.