Influences of Self-Concept and Self-Esteem on Communication

1465 WordsOct 16, 20086 Pages
There once was a little girl who never applied herself in her academics. She always made bad decisions when choosing her peers. She never thought good things about herself. Then there was another girl, who always applied herself academically. She worked hard to accomplish her goals and helped tutor others when they struggled in class. Which little girl are you? What do you think about yourself when you look in the mirror? How do you feel about yourself? Ahead we will discuss what makes up your self-esteem and the different things that influence and mold your self- esteem. Self-esteem is what and how you feel about yourself. Self-esteem shows how you value yourself and how important you think you are. Good self-esteem is important…show more content…
This, in turn, can result in depression, insecurity, and low confidence, amongst other things. A low level of self esteem, aided by your inner criticism, can cause you to stumble at every challenge and make life seem impossible. Your self concept and level of self esteem is influenced by many different factors. The messages that we receive from very close, important people in our lives, such as our spouse, help to shape our self-concept. These messages influence our own behavior and self concept, and also the behavior and self concept of others. We as a population are still undecided on whether self-concept and self esteem produce achievement or if achievement produces self-concept and self-esteem. Our parents and siblings influence us as we grow into an adult and have a major impact on how we view ourselves and the world. These attributes could also be influenced by close friendships, whether they are ego boosters or ego busters. Those people in your life that are ego boosters help to raise your self-esteem by acting in a way that makes you feel important, accepted, appreciated, or loved. Messages you receive from ego busters diminish your self-esteem and can make you feel worthless or insignificant. There are many other environmental influences that help to shape how we see ourselves. Our gender and culture are powerful forces in shaping self-concept and the way
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