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falusiea78 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM via web

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how important do you believe self-esteem is to individuals as we strive to live our daily lives,comunicate with other and reach our goals?

how important do you believe self-esteem is to individuals as we strive to live our daily lives,comunicate with other and reach our goals?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM (Answer #2)

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If you do not have enough self-esteem, it is very difficult to reach your goals.  The problem is that you generally need to be confident in order to achieve anything.

However, too much self-esteem can be pretty damaging as well.  It can ruin personal relationships and work performance by making a person arrogant.

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 3, 2010 at 2:13 PM (Answer #3)

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A positive sense of self eesteem helps you to be more confident. When you have confidence, people will gravitate and listen to you. It is important to have self belief because if you do not believe in yourself, that does not inspire confidence in others.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted February 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM (Answer #4)

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Self esteem is critical because it accounts for so much of our behavior. Not just in the good things we do, but think about all of the negative things people do because of low self esteem.

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booksnmore | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM (Answer #5)

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Sometimes, self-esteem is what keeps us going even when everything around us is falling apart. When you know that you have intrinsic value...when you know that you are worthwhile/important...sometimes you can push yourself to succeed even when people or events seem stacked against you. It's hard to stand up for yourself when communicating with other people if you don't think you have much value.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 9, 2010 at 9:06 AM (Answer #6)

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Self-esteem is vital in being confident enough to have the courage to communicate with people, especially those of authority or we do not know well. It is self-esteem that also allows us to set goals and work towards achieving those goals.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM (Answer #7)

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Self-respect is as important as respect for the people with whom the individual lives in society. Respect yourself the moral standards that each individual must comply.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 26, 2010 at 10:58 PM (Answer #8)

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Self respect and self confidence are crucial.  We project our level of confidence, or our lack of it, and that is instantly perceived by those we interact with.  It also gives us the ability to pursue goals we otherwise wouldn't, if we didn't believe ourselves capable or worthy.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 3:37 PM (Answer #9)

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Self esteem is very important and really determines self worth. It is also reflected in day to day behavior. A person who lacks self esteem is less likely to pursue goals and interact with others. It is very healthy to have a positive feeling about yourself.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM (Answer #10)

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People who speak wth confidence are more likely to be listened to. This is just a fact. If a person is not confident, we are less likely to believe what he or she says, even if two people say the same thing. I also think that self-esteem is important in order for us to be happy. People with low self-esteem tend to worry constantly, and this does not inspire comfidenc from others.

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