What image do you have of yourself?

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Everyone sees oneself in a certain way. The image we have of ourselves is based on labile emotions called self-esteem.

People with a low self-esteem are always thinking of being not good enough and cannot enjoy personal success. Usually, they have a negative image of themselves.

On the other hand, there are people, who perceive themselves as being too worthy. They are too self-assured, spoilt, and are searching for permanent attention from the others. They are so in love with themselves, that they neither are able to create real social relationships nor to sustain those over time.

But how to discover if you have a healthy self-esteem?

A healthy self-esteem can be roughly defined as accepting yourself as individual unconditional, that means independently if you are able or not to fulfill expectations or requirements. Because a healthy self-esteem does not depend on what you accomplish. Of course, rejection or failure makes you feel bad. But: They do not throw you out of the train. You are able to keep up with them and to go on.

Curious to find out how your self-esteem is? I propose you to compete the following Rosenberg self-esteem scale.

Below is a list of statements dealing with your general feelings about yourself. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each statement.

1. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.

  • Strongly Agree (4)
  • Agree (3)
  • Disagree (2)
  • Strongly Disagree (1)

2. At times I think I am no good at all.

  • Strongly Agree (1)
  • Agree (2)
  • Disagree (3)
  • Strongly Disagree (4)

3. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.

  • Strongly Agree (4)
  • Agree (3)
  • Disagree (2)
  • Strongly Disagree (1)

4. I am able to do things as well as most other people.

  • Strongly Agree (4)
  • Agree (3)
  • Disagree (2)
  • Strongly Disagree (1)

5. I feel I do not have much to be proud of.

  • Strongly Agree (1)
  • Agree (2)
  • Disagree (3)
  • Strongly Disagree (4)

6. I certainly feel useless at times.

  • Strongly Agree (1)
  • Agree (2)
  • Disagree (3)
  • Strongly Disagree (4)

7. I feel that I’m a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.

  • Strongly Agree (4)
  • Agree (3)
  • Disagree (2)
  • Strongly┬áDisagree (1)

8. I wish I could have more respect for myself.

  • Strongly Agree (1)
  • Agree (2)
  • Disagree (3)
  • Strongly┬áDisagree (4)

9. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.

  • Strongly Agree (1)
  • Agree (2)
  • Disagree (3)
  • Strongly Disagree (4)

10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.

  • Strongly Agree (4)
  • Agree (3)
  • Disagree (2)
  • Strongly┬áDisagree (1)

Scoring:

Summarize the numbers in the brackets you find next to your answers. What does the sum express?

People with a good self-esteem have approximately 35 as value, those with a low self-esteem have approximately 29.

 

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