Self-esteem and confidence

Our self-esteem, or sense of self-worth, is formed from an early age and, initially, through our interactions with our parents (or primary caregivers). Subsequently, it can be impacted by sports and school performance, social interactions, and work performance. Having “mastery”, or a highly developed skill, in a specific area is associated self-worth. Indeed, learning new skills has been found to increase people’s sense of self-worth. Commonly, a small number of significant life events can be responsible for people having a low sense of self-worth. It can be helpful to identify life events that may have had this effect and consider how accurate any attitudes formed by these events are.