A short essay on the value of self-esteem

This short essay narrates characteristics of high self-esteem and low self-esteem. Also, it describes how to increase self-esteem. Create positive relationships and avoid negatives - you can then improve your self-esteem.


Self-esteem is self-assessment. This is a combination of our position in society, our abilities, our self-confidence, and our good evaluation of ourselves. Individuals with high self-esteem will be physically and mentally strong. Instead of comparing themselves to others, they will compare their own performance. It is a reflection of enviable confidence, good sense of duty, ability to act adventurously, attractive manners and attitude, social acceptance, and good personal relationships. They can accept criticism with an open mind and give criticism and praise without hurting the feelings of others. Society can quickly identify individuals with low self-esteem. Their behavior will be different. The arrogant attitude and the illusion that they know everything can be seen in them. It can be difficult for colleagues to work with them in the workplace.

Features of high self-esteem

People with high self-esteem can see a lot of good values. They will be full of optimism. Self-esteemed individuals will have compassion for others and an open mind to help them. These individuals are characterized by a mindset of finding opportunities on their own and dealing with complex issues. Self-esteemed people are those who follow good personal relationships and lifestyles. They will have the will, motivation, and confidence to do anything.

Features of low self-esteem

Persons with low self-esteem will be selfish and narrow-minded. They always express jealousy and hatred towards others. They are not ready to take responsibility for themselves, at the same time they will always blame others. Reluctance to accept criticism and a tendency to resist them is the character of the person with low self-esteem. They will always act suspiciously and foolishly. Persons with low self-esteem will give promises with a good sense that they cannot be fulfilled. They are always concerned about their position in society.

High self-confidence and shattered self-esteem

You can see a lot of students standing at the highest peak of confidence during adolescence. Teachers and the community hope that they will become future stars in the arts, sports, culture, and professional fields. But with alcohol, drugs, misguided friends, and mental disorders, many of these people become depressed halfway through their lives.

At least some of those who grow up with the strength of self-confidence have to watch with pain as they become victims of lost self-esteem. It has become commonplace for a large number of world-class artists, writers, scientists, and professionals to lose value in the collapse of self-esteem. The reason for this decline is that high self-confidence and high self-esteem are moving in opposite directions.

Success in life comes to those who have high self-confidence and high self-esteem goes hand in hand.

Ways to increase self-esteem

A good way to increase self-esteem is to take responsibility for ourselves. Never justify our own shortcomings and never blame others. Believe firmly in our own abilities. Trust that no one else can blame us without our permission. Make sure to have a goal in your life. Constantly strive for achieving the goal. Interaction with other individuals with great honesty and character traits can help boost self-esteem. Patience is one of the best ways to increase self-esteem. Doing good deeds without expecting money or rewards from others will also increase our self-esteem.


Self-esteem is an overall evaluation of one's worth or value. Low self-esteem will lead us to life failures. High self-esteem is required to achieve our goals and to survive disappointments and failures.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao28 Aug 2021 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

Your own opinion of you is nothing but self-esteem. Analysing yourself and understanding your own strong points and weak points can be termed self-esteem. Once you find that have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself. You give more value to your opinions and ideas. But if you have low self-esteem, you may not give good little value to your opinions and ideas.
Self-esteem will give you self confidence. You will have confidence in yourself and you will not compromise on doing a low-level activity. A man with self-esteem and self-confidence can deliver goods. But a person with low self-esteem may depend more on the ideas of somebody else. One should be careful and see that their self-confidence will become overconfidence. Overconfidence may make you fall in life. A person with overconfidence will never do enough exercise to plan and execute action properly which may lead to his failure.

Author: Swati Sharma28 Aug 2021 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

The author beautifully explained high and low self-esteem. A person often sees himself from the point of view of self-estimation, but self-estimation is such a feeling that we get from our assessment of ourselves. Self-esteem is also closely related to self-confidence, a confident person knows how to maintain his honor and pride. When any work is not of your mind or any person does not work according to you, then if you connect that also with self-esteem, it will be giving you unnecessary trouble. Every person in the world wants to live life according to himself and if someone is doing this then why should yours or anyone else's self-respect be below in this. When you are focused on your own development, then these small things do not matter to you, and when you keep your thinking open and broad for the development and good of other people too with your own development, then your self-esteem also increases.

Author: Dr Deepali Gangwar30 Aug 2021 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Self-esteem is one's opinion about himself. With good self-esteem, a person can feel secure and valuable. But when a person has high self-esteem, he can feel superior to others and it may deteriorate the relationship because in that case, he will blame his partner for any problem in their relationship. Overly high self-esteem may become a cause of violent and aggressive behaviour. So, to remain confident and develop healthy relationships, one must have healthy self-esteem. You will feel good about yourself when you will have healthy self-esteem. Others will also feel good about themselves. So have healthy self-esteem instead of overly high self-esteem.

Author: Reena Upadhya05 Apr 2023 Member Level: Gold   Points : 9

The best way to build high self-esteem is to be kind to oneself. When a friend comes to us with low self-esteem, we do our best to boost his confidence. Through the power of appreciation, we build his morale. We don't criticize him and take him further down. Then why can't we boost our self-esteem? We know our strengths and weaknesses. When we fail, we have to lift ourselves back and keep going. When negativity strikes us and we start doubting ourselves, we have to get rid of all those negative thoughts. Replace negativity with positive thoughts. We should never criticize ourselves. We may not reach where we wanted to but we have to appreciate ourselves for making the effort.

Never let anyone take us down. Sometimes we don't compare ourselves with others. However, there will be plenty of people around us who will compare our success with others. It will shift our focus from us towards the person with whom we are compared. As soon as we do that, we will lower our self-esteem. It is because there will always be people around us who are more good-looking, skillful, healthy and wealthy than us. To build high self-esteem our focus should only be on ourselves. It should never be shifted to the other person.

Periodical evaluation is also necessary. Since we are our competition, we need to keep working on ourselves and bring improvement in us little by little. We don't have to take big leaps if we are not comfortable. A single step would be more than necessary. After a few weeks or months when we see our progress report, it instills confidence in us that we are in a better position than we were a few days ago. This will automatically boost our self-esteem.

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