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Self-Esteem: What Is Self-Esteem and What Is Not

Self-Esteem: What Is Self-Esteem and What Is Not

When the subject of self-esteem is raised, the air suddenly becomes dense with the negative connotation that the topic suggests. It has become a deep-seeded issue that resonates with the majority; we can find solidarity in the fact that we never feel whole. Therein lies the problem. It has become normal to feel obsolete. Although highly influenced by external factors, our level of self-worth can come from nowhere but within ourselves.

Self-esteem issues effect our everyday performance, and basically just every moment of everyday. How you perceive yourself is transmitted through every action you take, every expression you make. You can vastly improve your quality of life by positively altering the way that you view yourself, and realize that you’re awesome, and so deserving of love and the rewards from your success. Changing your thought process is next to impossible, but it can be done. And it is quite literally, a labor of love.

Here are a few Lifehack articles (written by yours truly) covering different facets of self-esteem.

The Most Appropriate Definition of Self-Esteem

Fame Doesn’t Equal Self-Esteem

Social Media presence has such a hold on society, that we gauge or self-worth based on our “following” or “fame.”

How We Are Confusing Self-Love With Narcissism In This Generation

Identifying narcissistic behaviors within yourself or others, and how to nurture self-love without allowing it to turn into narcissism.

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Signs of People Who Have Self-Esteem Issues

Signs Of Low Self-Esteem And The Root Causes You Might Not Know

People who have low self esteem are always hard on themselves. Sometimes they don’t accept compliments because they second guess others’ intentions.

15 Signs Of Self-Absorbed People

Self-absorbed people portray certain patterns that are similar to narcissistic people, and these  self-esteem.

The Hidden Causes of Low Self-Esteem

How Parents’s Love Destroy Their Children’s Self-Esteem

Some friendly advice on how to be a healthy and positive influence on a growing child’s self esteem.

How Social Media Secretly Manipulates Our Views On Winners and Losers

A look into the negative effects of social media, Spot-light culture, and the fear of missing out.

How Our Obsession With Other People’s Approval Is Destroying Us

Spotlight Culture has given us all the impression that everyone is always watching and judging our every move. Here’s how to separate yourself from that silly mentality.

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Where Self-Esteem Comes From

Winning It All Doesn’t Guarantee High Self-esteem

Battling Shame Culture, and learning how to not lose yourself in the process of winning your success.

The More We Compare, The More We Lose Ourselves

The toxicity that comes along with comparison, when we put too much focus on the success of others, that it inhibits our own growth.

Why People’s Approval Shouldn’t Matter

If you want to live a fulfilling life, let go of your need for approval from others.

People Who Have A Life Purpose Have Higher Self-Esteem

How finding your life’s work and committing to it will greatly improve your self-esteem.

The Magic of Boosing Self-Esteem Lies within You

True self-esteem comes from within, not external stuff like the number of likes on the social media.

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How to Build Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence

10 Ways To Believe In Yourself Again

We have to believe in ourselves and in our abilities to succeed in life.

15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve greatness. Learn from them and become a confident person.

63 Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Confidence is a tool you can use to boost your self-esteem and achieve what you want in your everyday life.

Incredible Ways to Make You a Charming Person

When you start to believe in yourself and demonstrate confidence, you’ll become more charming than ever.

How to Love Yourself More for Better Self-Esteem

3 Simple Steps to Make You Constantly Feel Good About Yourself

By feeling good about yourself, you let your true self shine.

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30 Ways to Practice Self-Love and Be Good to Yourself

It’s not about being self-absorbed, it’s about getting in touch with our well-being and happiness.

How to Love Yourself, Even if No One Else Does

You don’t need anyone else to complete your life, you’re the one responsible for your own love.

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Last Updated on February 19, 2019

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

No one wants to suffer. As a general rule, people like to avoid hurt and pain as much as possible. As a species, humans want a painless existence so much that scientists make a living trying to create it.

People can now choose “pain-free” labor for babies, and remedies to cure back pain, headaches, body-pains and even mental pains are a dime a dozen. Beyond medicine, we also work hard to experience little pain even when it comes to loss; often times we believe a breakup won’t hurt as much if we are the ones to call it off.

But would a world without pain truly be painless? It’s unlikely. In fact, it would probably be painful exactly for that reason.

If people never experienced hurt, they wouldn’t know what it was. On the surface level, that seems like a blessing, but think for a moment: if we didn’t know pain, how would we know peace? If you don’t know you’ve hurt or been hurt, how would you know that you need to heal? Imagine someone only knowing they have an incurable cancer at the final stage because no obvious symptoms have appeared at early stages.

Without the feeling of pain, people won’t be aware of dangerous situations—what should or shouldn’t do for survival.

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Pain Is Our Guardian

Pain serves to protect human beings from harmful actions. It’s the same reason parents teach babies that fire equals hot, and that hot equals hurt. Should the baby still place its hand in a fire or on a stove, the intense pain remains so memorable, that the child is certain never to repeat that action.

In the same way, pain within human bodies can serve as a warning that something is not right. Because you know what it is to feel “well,” you know what it is to feel poorly.[1]

Along with serving as a teacher of what not to do, pain also teaches you what you are made of in terms of what you can handle as an individual.

While the cliche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a tired term, it’s used excessively for a reason: it’s true. Pain helps you learn to cope with life’s inevitable difficulties and sadnesses— to develop the grit it takes to push past hardships and carry on.

Whether it’s a shattering pain, like the loss of a loved one or a debilitating accident, pain affects everyone differently. But it still affects everyone. Take a breakup as an example, anyone who has experienced it knows it can hurt to the point of feeling physical. Especially the first breakup. At a young age, it feels like the loss of the only love you’ll ever know. As you grow and learn, you realize you’re more resilient with every ended relationship.

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No Pain, No Happiness

You only know happiness when you have known pain. While the idea of constant happiness sounds nice, there is little chance it would be. Without the comparison to happiness, there’s no reason to be grateful for it. That is to say, without ever knowing sadness or pain, you would have no reason to be grateful for happiness.

In reality, there is always something missing, or something unpleasant, but it is only through those realizations that you know to be grateful when you feel you have it all. Read more about why happiness and pain have to exist together: Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You Happy

In a somewhat counter-intuitive finding, researchers found one of the things that brings about the most happiness is challenge. When people are tested, they experience a greater sense of accomplishment and happiness when they are successful. It is largely for this reason that low-income individuals can often feel happier than those who have a sense of wealth.[2]

This is a great thing to remember the next time you feel you would be happier if you just had a little more cash.

Avoiding Pain Leads to More Suffering

Pain is inevitable, embrace it positively. Anyone who strives to have a painless life is striving for perfectionism; and perfectionism guarantees sadness because nothing will ever be perfect.

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This isn’t a bleak outlook, but rather a truthful one. The messy moments in life tend to create the best memories and gratitude. Pain often serves as a reminder of lessons learned, much like physical scars on the body.

Pain will always be painful, but it’s the hurt feelings that help wiser decisions be made.

Allow Room for the Inevitable

Learning how to tolerate pain, especially the emotional kind, is a valuable lesson.

Accepting and feeling pain makes you human. There is no weakness in that. Weakness only comes when you try to blame your own pain on someone else, expecting the blame to alleviate your hurting. There’s a saying,

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.”

Think back to the last time you were really angry with someone. Maybe you were hurt because you got laid off from a job. You felt angry and that anger caused so much pain that you could feel it in a physical way. Being angry and blaming your ex boss for that pain didn’t affect him or her in any way; you’re the only one who lost sleep over it.

The healthier thing to do in a situation like that is acknowledge your pain and the anger along with it. Accept it and explore it in an introspective way. How can you learn and grow? What is at the root of that pain? Are you truly hurting and angry about being laid off, or is the pain more a correlation to you feeling like you failed?

While uncomfortable, exploring your pain is a way to raise your self-awareness. By understanding more about yourself, you know how to deal with similar situations in the future. You can never expect to be numb to difficult situations, but you will learn to better prepare financially for the loss of a job and be grateful for an income since you now know nothing is promised (no matter how much you work or how deserving you may feel).

Pain Hurts, but Numbness Would Be Worse

Pain does not feel good, but the bad feeling of it will help you learn and grow. It makes the sweet moments in life even sweeter and the gratitude more sincere.

To have a happier and more successful life, you don’t learn from success or accomplishment, but through pain and failures. For it is in those moments that you learn how to do better in the future or at least cope a little more easily.

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You are the strong person you are today because of the hardships this life has presented to you. While you may have felt out of control when those hard times came, the one thing you will always have control over is how you choose to react to things. The next time you hurt or you’re angry or sad, acknowledge it and allow yourself to ruminate in it. Then take a deep breath and start learning from that pain. You’ve got this!

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Reference

[1] University of Calgary: Why is Pain Important?
[2] Greater Good Magazine: The Importance of Pain

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