One of the paramount values of this website is accepting we are all human and cannot achieve perfection. We beat ourselves up an awful lot. What would life be like if we accepted ourselves and dug into lifestyle changes instead of digging out the anti-depressants? My friend Jeremiah Cress openly discusses his own tumble off the health and wellness wagon when encouraging people to make lifestyle changes. His blog, A Better You, is his form of inspiration that happens to help others in the process.
I found myself "off the fitness path" after several years at a new job, and I launched this website in part as a way to remind myself of all the important aspects health and nutrition play in our lives. So far it's working! I'm hitting the gym more often and eating better. -Jeremiah Cress
Whether positive or negative, self-esteem is merely how our psyche experiences the thoughts that we have about ourselves. If a person has positive thoughts about him or herself he or she will experience positive or good self-esteem. On the other hand, if the individual has negative internal thoughts, he or she will experience poor or negative self-esteem.
We also tend to think of our self-esteem as being something that is shaped by the events that take place in our life, particularly those from our past. We tend to believe that who we think we are and how we feel about ourselves is merely the product, effect or caused by the experiences that we have had in the past – it says that we are who we are by virtue of what has happened to us as human beings. So, where do you stand?
Directions: Answer T if the statement is true for you. Answer F if the statement is false for you.
- T/F I am able to discuss my good points, skills, abilities, achievements, and successes with others.
- T/F I assert myself with someone whom I believe is violating or ignoring my rights.
- T/F I am content with who I am, how I act, and what I do in life.
- T/F I am not bothered by feelings of insecurity or anxiety when I meet people for the first time.
- T/F My life is balanced between work, family life, social life, recreation/leisure, and spiritual life.
- T/F I am aware of the roles I played in my family of origin and have usually been able to make these behavior patterns work for me in my current life.
- T/F I am bonded with the significant others in my environment at home, work, school, at play, or in the community.
- T/F I am able to perform the developmental tasks necessary to ensure my ongoing healthy self-esteem.
- T/F I am satisfied with my level of achievement at school, work, home, and in the community.
- T/F I am a good problem solver; my thinking is not clouded by irrational beliefs or fears.
- T/F I am willing to experience conflict, if necessary to protect my rights.