The Problem Of Self Esteem

976 WordsNov 11, 20154 Pages
Most people face self esteem problems at different levels. At some point in life people face this problem without realizing it. In the essay The Trouble with Self-Esteem written by Lauren Slater starts of by demonstrating a test. Self esteem test that determines whether you have a high self-esteem or low self-esteem. The question to be answered however is; what is the value and meaning of self-esteem? The trouble with self-esteem is that not everyone approaches it properly, taking a test or doing research based of a certain group of people is not the way to do so. Slater starts her essay with a sample self-esteem test. When reading the statements you can relate with all of them, whether it is in a positive or negative way. Slater then states, “If your answers demonstrate solid self-regard, the wisdom of the social sciences predicts that you are well adjusted, clean and sober, basically lucid… If your answers, on the other hand, reveal some inner shame, then it is obvious; you were, or are, a teenage mother; you are prone to social deviance…”(744). Everyone has a different level of self-esteem, which does not define how he or she feels about themselves. Anyone such as a friend or family member can seem to have a high self-esteem and feel bad of the way they live. Self-esteem does not identify what lifestyle you live. You, not a test, have determined the life style you live in. Many people confuse the fact that self esteem and living well are connected, truth is that is how
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