Topic 2 Why self-esteem is important?

Self-esteem is important as it can affect our decision-making, our relationships, our emotional health and many other aspects of our lives. There are lots of times in our lives that our behaviour and the behaviour of others can impact on our self-esteem. Selfesteem is important because it heavily influences the choices and decisions we make.

Some factors which can affect your self-esteem may include:  

Your thoughts and perceptions

How other people react to you

Your relationships with parents, siblings, friends

Your age – the younger you are, the less self-esteem you may have

An long-term illness or a disability 

If you have been a victim of discrimination or racism

Financial worries

Your employment status

Your place in society