The Impact of Self-Esteem, Significant Others and Media on One's Self- Image

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Imagine a special mirror that not only reflected your physical features, but also allowed you to view other aspects of yourself. What do you think you would see? Better yet what do you think influenced you to come to your conclusion? How you answer this question determines your self-image. Self- image isn’t something a person is born with. Self- image are numbers of self impressions that are built up over a period of time. These impressions are influenced by a group of elements. I believe three of the most influential elements are self- esteem, significant others and the media. Who am I? A question asked countless times by one’s self. This question is so simple to respond to but yet hard to comprehend. It’s easy to say you’re a free …show more content…

Sometimes our entire development is based on not what we want but the belief and Guidance of our significant others. Significant others such as peers or parents, believe it or not, are important factors in ones’ self- image. With this generation, peers are who youth turn to for help while parents affect youth’s lives to, whether the youth want them to or not. Peers can be a nasty mob. With this generation it’s more pressure on the youth to be part of the “In Crowd.” It’s not only your weight or attitude, now it’s what you wear, how many unnecessary; but to die for gadgets you have, and who can be the first to get them. The criterion to fit in has gotten ridiculous. I see the peer pressure with my youngest sister. My mother is spending hundreds of dollars on merchandise for my younger sister to keep up with the latest fade. If it’s not for some outrageous gadget, it’s to wear some overpriced strangers logo that’s just going to go out of style as fast as it came in. It’s sad because when I was my sister’s age it wasn’t as crucial for me. I mean, it was social comparison but I guess because I wasn’t wrapped up in being part of the “in crowd” like my younger sister, it just didn’t matter. With the era being a crucial time when a young teen is at their peak of developing their self- image, their self- esteem can easily be sided positive or negative. It’s difficult because as a young teen you

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