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
Some Common Effects of Low Self-Esteem:
- Lack of self-confidence- children have little confidence in their abilities.
- Poor performance- lack of self confidence may result in making little or no effort toward realizing projects or goals.
- 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.
- 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
- Relationships with your parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc… -experiences with family from birth right up to present.
- Relationships with childhood friends, and neighbours– experiences with clubs, sports, teams and hobbies.
- Relationships with classmates, teachers, administrators and counsellors– experiences with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, sports, discipline, etc…
- Relationships with members of different cultures, races and religions- experiences with standards and images created by others (i.e. the media).
- 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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