Self-Esteem – Part Emotion, Part Business Skill
This is Part 24 in a series of articles about the “self.”
Self-esteem has two parts: to what degree do you like yourself and to what extent do you think you are competent.
What constitutes self-esteem? When people talk about self-esteem they are typically talking about people’s general views of themselves.
“However, research reveals that self-esteem actually has two components:
One aspect gets at the degree to which people “like” themselves. That is, it pertains to people’s attitudes about themselves. Some affirmations that reflect higher levels of this component of self-esteem are “I feel great about who I am,” “I am comfortable with myself,” and “I take a positive view of myself.” This attitude can be described as “Self-Worth.”
The other component captures the extent to which people think that they are competent or capable. This is described as “Personal Competence.” This is different from Self-Worth, as it reflects the extent to which people think that they are able to succeed in specific situations or even in life overall. Items that capture this attitude are “I am very talented”, “I am good at many different things” and “I am highly effective at the things that I do.”
The existence of two components to self-esteem explains why some people might like themselves but simultaneously think that they are ineffective.
Or, why a person can be very capable and successful and yet not really like himself or herself.
Self-esteem is different from self-confidence or self-awareness.
In this article the authors relate the start of esteem to business.
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Up next: The Self, Part 25: Observing self