As follow-up to my post Self-esteem and self-handicapping I like to add some thoughts about the positive counterpart of self-handicapping. It’s about self-knowledge.
One of the most impressive systems that tries to explain personality traits and helping to find self-knowledge – I even don’t know if I can call it system – is the Enneagram of Personality or just simply called Enneagram.
It understands the human psyche as typology of 9 interconnected personality types.
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Abraham Maslow, the man who proposed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”, said once: “They must be what they can be”.
He defined with this statement self-actualizing people. Self-actualization was first coined by Abraham Maslow. He explained it like this: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This is the need we may call self-actualization … It refers to man’s desire for fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything that one is capable of becoming …”
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“Gnothi seauton” is a Greek aphorism which was inscribed on the entry porch of Apollo’s temple at Delphi. It means “know yourself”. Why was it written in Apollo’s temple? For the Greek philosopher Socrates this was an important part of his philosophy. According to Apollo, self-knowledge is the most important knowledge we should pursue.
“Gnothi seauton” expresses self-awareness and says that when we understand ourselves we understand other humans as well.
Understanding ourselves is the first and most basic step toward a healthy self-esteem.
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Attitude specialist Janice Davies has created the annual international Self Esteem Day recently renamed Selfday, to be celebrated on June the 26th. As the president of International Council of Self Esteem says, the event is spreading to 140 countries around the world.
Selfday aims to inspire the practice of self belief and confidence globally. The charitable non-profit organization is dedicated to create awareness and motivate action to help enhance human effectiveness and to build healthy self confidence.
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Some people say that self-esteem is a form of being self-centered.
There is one big difference between self-esteem and selfishness. It’s empathy.
Empathy is the connection between us and others because it makes us interested in and respectful toward others. When we have genuine self-esteem we have empathy.
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We can show our self-esteem through our words and actions but as well through our body language.
When we see ourselves on video we can see us as others do. In these videos we see our body language that normally happens without our consciousness.
But body language doesn’t just happen to us, we can direct it.
Here are 5 main signs of the body language you show when you have a high self-esteem.
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Each chapter of our ebook 10 Key Steps to Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times is one of 10 key points to building self-esteem, including taking care of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life. If you follow these steps and really put them to work, you will discover an amazing transformation toward a life of self-esteem.
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People with a strong self-esteem show higher trust in other people than persons with lower self-esteem.
It’s no doubt that without trust in other people we wouldn’t be able to live a normal life. We have to trust while we drive that the other drivers are driving as cautiously as we are. Even more important is our trust in the people who share our lives.
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Change is the only constant in life. Knowing this life wisdom we can be accepting and even happy toward each change we undertake in our life. It’s the subtle changes we make in our life, rather than the big changes that I’m referring to.
What does change mean to you? Through change we develop understanding of ourselves by going through various life moments. We learn from our mistakes and we address them as we see fit.
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Well, the main question is: is there a difference at all between self-esteem and self-compassion. It depends on how we define the two.
Self-esteem is the way we feel about ourselves. Do you feel generally good about yourself, then your self-esteem is considered to be high. Self-compassion on the other hand is about how kind we treat ourselves.
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