Self-Image is Important
We all have a mental picture of who we are, how we look, what we’re good at, and what our weaknesses might be. We develop this picture over time, starting when we’re very young kids. Like how Joe was told when he was 10 by his parents that he lacks communication skills. He isn’t like his brother John who speaks pretty well in public. Joe develops a kind of a feeling that I am not good in speaking to others. My communication is bad. With this feeling he grows and stays the same for rest of his life. Here comes the self-image.
The term self-image is used to refer to a person’s mental picture of himself or herself. A lot of our self-image is based on interactions we have with other people and our life experiences. This mental picture (our self-image) contributes to our self-esteem.
We see ourselves from others. If somebody says this colour looks cool on you, you surely go for it and if someone dislikes saying you look horrible in blue or green whatever, we start hating that person because he said something negative about you and it has touched your inner self. This is what we all think about self image.
Self-esteem is all about how much we feel valued, loved, accepted, and thought well of by others – and how much we value, love, and accept ourselves. People with healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves, appreciate their own worth, and take pride in their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. People with low self-esteem may feel as if no one will like them or accept them or that they can’t do well in anything.
We all experience problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives – especially during our teens when we’re figuring out who we are and where we fit in the world. The good news is that, because everyone’s self-image changes over time, self-esteem is not fixed for life. So if you feel that your self-esteem isn’t all it could be, you can improve it.
There are two things which we need to understand are:
o how others see or treat us
o how we see ourselves
It’s a fact that we’re judged by others and fame with others outlook. But it’s equally important how we treat ourselves and how we see ourselves. In our eyes our image should be clean and lucid.
When we’re little kids we make an self-image of ourselves with the views of our parents and teachers. Then comes our peers ideas of how and who we’re. If parents spend more time criticizing than praising a child, it can be harder for a kid to develop good self-esteem. Because a kid who doesn’t know their own values and beliefs, it’s easy to build self-image around what a parent, coach, or other person says.
People who don’t see themselves as having the qualities they admire may develop low self-esteem. Unfortunately, people who have low self-esteem often do have the qualities they admire. They just can’t see that they do because their self-image is trained that way.
Why Is Self-Esteem Important?
How we feel about ourselves can influence how we live our lives. People who feel that they are likable and lovable (in other words people with good self-esteem) have better relationships. They are more likely to ask for help and support from friends and family when they need it. People who believe they can accomplish goals and solve problems are more likely to do well in school. Having good self-esteem allows you to accept yourself and live life to the fullest.
How to Improve Self-Esteem
If you want to improve your self-esteem, here are some steps to start empowering yourself:
o Try to stop thinking negative thoughts about yourself.
o Aim for accomplishments rather than View mistakes as learning opportunities perfection
o Recognize what you can change and what you can’t.
It’s never too late to build healthy, positive self-esteem. In some cases where the emotional hurt is deep or long lasting, it can take the help of a mental health professional, like a counselor or therapist. These experts can act as a guide, helping people learn to love themselves and realize what’s unique and special about them.
Self-esteem plays a role in almost everything you do. People with high self-esteem do better in everything. They tend to have better relationships, find it easier to deal with mistakes, disappointments, and failures, and are more likely to stick with something until they succeed. It takes some work, but it’s a skill you’ll have for life.
Like in the recent Bollywood Movie “Fashion” where the model Meghna (Priyanka Chopra) improves her self-image and build a strong self-esteem in the end by understanding that “success is at our feet if we think we can rise after a fall.”