A Child's Self Esteem Essay

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A Child's Self Esteem Many factors contribute to the mental state that forms as a child grows to become a young adult. His/her self-esteem, or lack of, is a key factor. Unfortunately, low self-esteem is more common than high self-esteem. Most cases of low self-esteem begin during the pre-teen and teenage years of a child’s life. These are the years containing the overwhelming pressures of high school. Teenagers are forced to cope with unmotivated teachers, ignorant peers, doubting parents, and possibly not knowing, or not being able to afford, the trends of the time. Such burdens are unmistakably the main causes of low self-esteem. Too often, teachers of all subjects lose their patience and desire to teach. When this…show more content…
The most dangerous and influential type of peer pressure is found in high school among teenagers. That is the age when groups are distinctly labeled as the “jock group,” the “geek group,” the “popular group,” the “skater group,” or the “I-don’t-really-belong-to-a-group group.” These labels are unfortunate because they subtly, or sometimes directly, eliminate the individuality that teenagers are just discovering. Such labels also give certain groups superiority over others, in turn causing the others to feel inferior. More often than not, members of the “inferior” group are the ones to lose their self-esteem first. The “popular” students are surprisingly ignorant when it comes to the terms in which they discriminate against their “inferior” peers. “Name calling” begins as the incredibly smart kids are made fun of by being called “nerds” or “geeks,” the skaters are spoken of as “losers” or “weirdos,” and the jocks are deemed “stupid airheads.” All the while, every negative remark is directed toward a teenager who was already struggling to survive in the jungle that is high school. The opinion of a peer means a lot to all teenagers, and even more to those with little confidence, harsh words and actions only inflict more pain onto an already tormented person. However, not all pain is inflicted by words, sometimes it is the words not spoken that leads a teenager to doubt
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