Self-esteem reflects how someone feels about themselves, that is, their beliefs about their value and self-worth. Self-esteem is important because it impacts one’s decisions and choices. People with high self-esteem are motivated to care for themselves and to work toward fulfilling their goals. Those with low self esteem regard themselves as less worthy, are less motivated to pursue their goals, and are less persistent in the face of adversity.
There are many factors that impact one’s self-esteem, including personality, upbringing, and how one has handled and integrated successes and failures. Many struggle with low self-esteem. In fact, it is one of the most common themes in therapy. Therapy can help to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and how we are emotionally built and provide the foundation for growing a mature and strong self esteem.