How to Identify Children with High and Low Self-Esteem

How to Identify Children with High and Low Self-Esteem

Children with high self esteem......

  • Are willing to try new things
  • Have faith in their own abilities
  • Are willing to make decisions
  • Are willing take risks
  • Are independent
  • Feel confident
  • Have leadership qualities

Children with low self-esteem......

  • Feel unacceptable, incompetent and unlikeable
  • Are fearful of new interactions and new situations
  • Are shy or overly aggressive
  • Lack faith in their own abilities
  • Can be dependent on adults to do things for them
  • Lack autonomy
  • Can be immature
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Some Common Effects of Low Self-Esteem:

  1. Lack of self-confidence- children have little confidence in their abilities.
  2. Poor performance- lack of self confidence may result in making little or no effort toward realizing projects or goals.
  3. Distorted view of self and others- children won't give themselves credit for their accomplishments. They may think others look better in comparison. They may also believe that things just happen to them-they don't make them happen.
  4. Unhappy personal life- negative people aren't fun to be around. Children with low self-esteem find it hard to develop close relationships.

Some Factors that Influence Your Self-Esteem

  1. Relationships with your parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc... -experiences with family from birth right up to present.
  2. Relationships with childhood friends, and neighbours-- experiences with clubs, sports, teams and hobbies.
  3. Relationships with classmates, teachers, administrators and counsellors-- experiences with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, sports, discipline, etc...
  4. Relationships with members of different cultures, races and religions- experiences with standards and images created by others (i.e. the media).
  5. In general- positive experiences and fulfilling relationships help raise self-esteem. Negative experiences and troubled relationships tend to lower self-esteem. No single event or person can determine your level of self-esteem. It develops over time, constantly changing with experience.

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