'Self Esteem' Chapter
Self-esteem is not the same as self-image. Self-images can be really grandiose, but self-esteem be really low. Self-image is how you think about yourself. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself.
You have moments where your behaviour is guided by genuine self-esteem. You can’t help it. It’s reflective. Those moments when you get just a little bit silly, maybe you’re tired, or maybe you’re playing with a child, maybe just spending time with a close friend, but you let your ideas of who you are go, and experience who you are. It feels good, doesn’t it?
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“Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
“Self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it” Gloria Steinem (b.1935)
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