from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Pride in oneself; self-respect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Personal feelings or opinions of oneself.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The holding a good opinion of one's self; self-complacency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Esteem or good opinion of one's self; especially, an estimate of one's self that is too high.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of pride in yourself
Anyone who’s self-esteem is so bloated as to blind him/her from his/her faults does not have a ’self-esteem problem’.
Before going any further, let’s accurately define the term self-esteem.
The American Academy of Pediatrics guide to caring for babies and young children uses the word self-esteem ten times in the space of seven pages in the first chapter, and that doesn’t even count the numerous mentions of self-respect, confidence, and belief in oneself.
Others have been dislocated from work, escaped from an abusive relationship or just have low self-esteem, which is where Mr. Ramchandani comes in.
The ability of your children to have a positive emotional reaction begins with a firm grounding in their feeling loved, secure, and competent, in other words, their self-esteem.
Low self-esteem translates into several things: subjecting oneself to abuse, both verbal and physical; believing that you cannot accomplish your dreams; and allowing others to dictate how you live your life.
It comes back again to the idea of self-esteem and feeling good about ourselves.
A sense of entitlement to “specialness” and positive outcomes has compromised rather than enhanced real self-esteem, which is based on mastery rather than wishful thinking.
Healthy narcissism depends on real self-esteem, which is something completely lacking in the people we commonly describe as Narcissists.
But I had gone too far, had thrown far too much of what I laughingly referred to as my self-esteem into the bargain.