Topic 2 Factors that influence one’s self esteem.

There are lots of times in our lives that our behaviours and the behaviours of others can impact our self-esteem.

Some factors which can impact on our self-esteem include:

Our age – the younger we are, the less self-esteem we are reported to have.

How our appearance is perceived by others

If we face an illness or a disability

If we are victims of discrimination or racism

Financial worries and concerns that may result in us not having the material possessions that our peers have

Our employment status

Our socio-economic or ‘class’ status, examples include; lower class, upper lower class, lower middle, upper middle or upper class.

Think about what factors influence your self-esteem. How do these factors make you feel?