Week 14: Self-esteem (Self-worth begins)

Self-Esteem

In addition to the practical value of being guided to a proper course of action, protected and nurtured, all these things help create a feeling of self-esteem, which is an important building block of a productive and fulfilled life.
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Support

When someone cares enough to support us in our endeavors or in our circumstances, that too conveys a positive message that can help create or reinforce self-esteem.
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Nurturing

Nurturance is protection’s more affirming twin. Both are actions directed toward another’s welfare. One prevents harm, the other promotes well-being. The baroque-era flute sonata tends to impart a motherly quality to the music, with the soprano-voiced flute leading the way for her charges.
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Protection

“If someone cares about me enough to protect me from harm, then perhaps I should care about myself.” As social creatures, we are influenced by what others think of us and feel about us. This is best expressed by their actions.
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Guidance

Guidance is to the intellect what comfort is to the emotions. None of us is perfect. The wisest elder can profit from the guidance of others. Done with a little kindness, guidance – like comfort – also conveys a message that others care about us.
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Comfort

Comfort tells us that others care about us, and thereby reinforces a message that we should feel good about ourselves. We all need it sometimes.
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Self-Worth

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. [Mark Twain] Often, when we feel guilty or ashamed, we punish ourselves. Guilt (“I think poorly of myself”), shame (“I feel poorly about myself”) and punishment (the act of completion) comprise the unholy trinity of self-destruction. A sense of self-worth
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