Self-esteem is a term that is becoming somewhat overused in society. Individuals who describe themselves as having low self-esteem may actually have a poor self-image. Oftentimes, they are genuinely depressed. The difference between low self-esteem and poor self-image is this: self-esteem is based on subjective feelings that change according to the current environment; self-image is one's view of self, and beliefs about self, based on life experiences. The two can go hand-in-hand, but low self-esteem is a problem that is more easily and naturally fixed. (For more information on poor self-image, follow the link to our page on depression.)
In order for this website to be helpful, the concept of self-esteem must be clearly defined. According to the National Association for Self-Esteem, self-esteem is “the experience of being capable of meeting life's challenges and being worthy of happiness.” So, the question is, how do we get to a point where we feel that we are worthy of happiness? The following links are provided to answer your questions about self-esteem.
If you find that you truly do have low self-esteem or poor self-image, seek help at the UWA Counseling Center.