21 Self-Esteem Examples (High and Low) (2023)

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Self-esteem is a combination of the thoughts and feelings a person has about themselves. What they think about their personality and abilities, and whether those thoughts are positive or negative.

Self-esteem is usually described as high or low, but there is a lot of room in between those two ends.

A person that likes their personality and thinks they are good at different things, has high self-esteem. In contrast, a person that thinks they have a lot of flaws and can’t do things well, has a low self-esteem.

Self-esteem is an important concept because it has a lot to do with mental health and how much someone pursues their goals.

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Definition of Self-Esteem in Psychology

The concept of self-esteem has been studied for decades in psychology.

Rosenberg (1958) is one of the earliest and most prolific researchers in self-esteem, which he defined early on:

“Self-esteem…is a positive or negative attitude toward a particular object, namely, the self” (p. 30).

In this definition, self-esteem is an opinion about one’s self-worth. People with a high self-esteem believe they have high self-worth. Whereas people with low self-esteem are more cynical regarding their value.

Self-esteem should not be confused with self-concept, which refers to a person’s thoughts about who they are. It refers to how a person defines themselves in terms of their personality, attitudes, habits and skills.

Self-concept is multi-faceted and comprised of many dimensions. Self-esteem however, is more of a global assessment regarding one’s self-worth.

High Self-Esteem Examples

  • Positive self-image: A person’s self-image is either favorable or unfavorable; they either like who they are, or not. People with a high self-esteem like themselves and the characteristics they possess. People with low-self-esteem however, have a tendency to not like themselves and who the type of person they are.
  • Assertiveness: Assertiveness is important to self-esteem because in some circumstances it means standing up for yourself. A person with high self-esteem will not accept being treated poorly. However, a person with low self-esteem might actually think that they deserved the mistreatment and will accept it without objection.
  • Accepting compliments: When a person believes they have value in the world, they are more likely to accept a compliment from others. They believe they deserve it. But when a person has low self-esteem, they are less likely to believe they deserve the positive remarks and are far less willing to accept them.
  • Handling criticism: No one enjoys being criticized. But a person with high self-esteem with not have their confidence shaken when being told they are not good at something or did something wrong. For a person with low self-esteem, those negative comments can be devastating. Their self-esteem is fragile and easily shaken.
  • Setting boundaries: Setting boundaries means letting other people know what kind of behavior you find acceptable, and not acceptable. It’s important to be clear about this, but people with low self-esteem will have trouble letting others know when they have crossed the line. High self-esteem individuals will be more direct and firm when dealing with others in this regard.
  • Self-compassion: Being able to forgive oneself is important because everyone makes mistakes. Someone with a high self-esteem will be more forgiving of themselves when they are wrong so that they can move forward. Unfortunately, someone with low self-esteem may dwell on their mistakes for a long time and have trouble accepting their flaws.
  • Resilience: The ability to bounce back after a failure is key to success and a valuable trait to possess. After experiencing a setback, high self-esteem individuals are more likely to try again, and try harder, than low self-esteem individuals.
  • Self-confidence: Feeling like one can do just about anything in life is a common attitude among people with high self-esteem. They believe there is nothing they can’t accomplish if they set their mind to it. People with low self-esteem lack confidence and feel that failure is much more likely than success.
  • Taking responsibility: Accepting responsibility for a mistake is a sign of confidence and high self-esteem. It means admitting fault and dealing with the consequences. Some people with low self-esteem may have trouble taking responsibility for a mistake because it has such a damaging impact on their self-image, which is already very fragile.
  • Low reactivity: High self-esteem individuals are more stable than low self-esteem individuals. Their reactions are more subdued because their sense of self is more grounded. A low self-esteem person will have stronger reactions to events, both positive and negative.
  • Healthy coping strategies: When confronted with failures or stressful situations, high self-esteem individuals will respond with healthy coping strategies such as finding ways to solve the problem or exercising. Low self-esteem individuals may respond with unhealthy coping strategies such as overeating or drinking.
  • Positive inner voice: People with a high self-esteem have an inner-voice that is motivating and positive. It tells them that new experiences will be enjoyable and uplifting. It tells them that new experiences will be enjoyable and uplifting. However, people with a low self-esteem have an inner-voice that is negative and full of self-doubt. There is a narration of cynicism and fear that makes the person less confident and unwilling to try new things.

Low Self-Esteem Examples

  • Negative self-image: People with low self-esteem tend to have an unfavorable self-image. In other words, they may dislike themselves and their characteristics. Conversely, people with high self-esteem appreciate their attributes and feel comfortable with who they are.
  • Passivity: Being passive is often associated with low self-esteem, as individuals may have difficulty standing up for themselves or asserting their needs. A person with low self-esteem might accept being treated poorly, feeling as though they deserve the mistreatment or lack the self-worth to object. In contrast, those with high self-esteem will not tolerate such treatment.
  • Rejecting compliments: People with low self-esteem will often struggle to accept compliments from others. They may blush or freeze up when compliments are given. Often, they don’t believe they deserve praise. By contrast, people who have high self-esteem may be more likely to believe and accept the compliments of others because they understand that they are worthy of recognition.
  • Sensitivity to criticism: You may be able to identify a person with low self-esteem because of how they respond to criticism. They may become highly defensive and refuse to admit to their own weaknesses.
  • Difficulty setting boundaries: People with low self-esteem may have trouble asserting their boundaries and communicating what kind of behavior they find acceptable. They might be reluctant to confront others about crossing the line, unlike those with high self-esteem, who can be more direct and firm in setting boundaries.
  • Self-criticism: People with low self-esteem may be overly critical of themselves. Instead of looking at themselves with through positive and negative lenses, they may dwell on their own mistakes. They may also have difficulty accepting their flaws, leading to unhealthy levels of perfectionism.
  • Lack of resilience: Low self-esteem may also cause people to struggle bouncing back from the inevitable setbacks and failures in life. They may become becoming disheartened or discouraged easily.
  • Self-doubt: If you have low self-esteem, you may believe that failure is more likely than success, especially when you’re involved! This ends up being related to another psychological concept called the fixed mindset, where people don’t believe they can achieve personal growth no matter how hard they try.
  • Avoiding responsibility: People with low self-esteem might avoid taking responsibility because they believe they will fail at the responsibilities assigned to them. Mistakes when in a position of responsibility may shatter their fragile self-image.
  • Overreactivity: Low self-esteem may cause someone to over-react to a situation. They may have intense emotional reactions to events that may be both positive and negative. This may be a reflection of their unstable sense of self.
  • Negative inner voice: Low self-esteem can also manifest as a persistently negative inner voice, self-doubt, fear, and pessimism. This voice often occurs when we fall into the psychological behavior of mental filtering. A negative internal narrative self-sustains the negative sense of self and holds people back from trying new experiences and taking risks.

Maslow’s Approach to Self-Esteem

Abraham Maslow (1948) developed a highly influential theory about motivation called the Hierarchy of Needs. The theory states that people are motivated by different needs.

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At each stage in the hierarchy, the individual struggles to satisfy needs at that level.

However, just because needs at one level are met, doesn’t mean they stop influencing our actions. People can be motivated to satisfy multiple needs simultaneously (Kaufman, 2019).

  • Physiological Needs: The most fundamental needs are related to the acquisition of things we need for survival such as food, water, and shelter from the forces of nature.
  • Safety needs: Safety needs have to do with knowing that you have healthy body and are living in a place free from danger.
  • Belonging and love: Feeling loved and having positive relationships with friends and family are next in the hierarchy. This helps a person feel grounded and secure.
  • Esteem needs: Further up the hierarchy are esteem needs. In Maslow’s theory, “esteem” refers to feeling respected by others for one’s accomplishments by being good at something. Achieving status and recognition in society is the primary factor for satisfying esteem needs. In this sense, Maslow’s concept of esteem is other-directed, whereas Rosenberg’s concept is more self-directed. According to Maslow, esteem comes from the approval of others, but for Rosenberg, it comes from the approval of oneself.
  • Self-actualization: At the top of the hierarchy is self-actualization. This refers to being able to achieve your fullest potential. Each person has something unique about them. In some cases, a person can strive to find what they are truly capable of in the world and actually do it.

The Three States of Self-Esteem by Martin Ross

Martin Ross (2013) offers a different way of looking at self-esteem. He proposes that there are three states: shattered, vulnerable, and strong.

  • Shattered: When a person is experiencing the state of feeling shattered, they feel overwhelmed with failure and sadness. They do not think of themselves as a lovable person. A person in this state will often label themselves according to what they believe is their most failed characteristic. Ross called this the “anti-feat.” For example, if person thinks that their worst trait is their age, then they will describe themselves accordingly: “I am old.”
  • Vulnerable: In this state, the person has a positive self-image, but it is fragile. They are overly concerned with failure, or in Ross’s terms, anti-feat. So, their self-esteem is always vulnerable. Although they may appear confident on the outside, on the inside they feel the opposite. They are in constant fear of their anti-feats and can become easily defensive to protect themselves.
  • Strong: People in this state of self-esteem are fully confident and do not fear anti-feats. They do not fear failure, but when it does occur, it does not shake their identity.

Since they have strong self-esteem, they do not feel the need to boast or express their confidence. Instead, they come across as humble and cheerful.

Contingent vs Non-Contingent Self-Esteem

Another perspective on self-esteem talks about where it comes from: contingent or non-contingent.

  • Contingent self-esteem comes from external sources, such as the opinions of others, relationships that define the person, or successes and failures (Kernis & Goldman, 2006). When self-esteem is contingent-based, it is unstable. It can easily be damaged by events external to the self. This drives a person to constantly seek approval from others, which is unlikely to happen and creates a lot of anxiety.
  • Non-contingent self-esteem is stable and far less susceptible to external feedback. The individual has an underlying belief that they are a person of worth and value. Even though they recognize that they have shortcomings, these are accepted. This belief makes a person feel calm and grounded. They do not need to constantly seek validation from others or through accomplishments.


Self-esteem can be conceptualized in so many different ways. Rosenberg views self-esteem as a person’s sense of self-worth; an attitude about the self.

Maslow sees self-esteem as primarily coming from being respected by others for one’s accomplishments. It is derived primarily from social status.

Ross considers self-esteem as a state of mind. Some are in a state of feeling shattered. They have a very poor self-image and define themselves negatively. For those that feel vulnerable, they live in constant fear of failure. While people that have a strong self-esteem are stable, confident and humble.

Contingent self-esteem means that a person ties their worth to external sources such as the approval of others and accomplishments. Non-contingent self-esteem is an acceptance of oneself as one is, not as defined by the external world.


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What are examples of high and low self-esteem? ›

People with overly high self-esteem are often arrogant, self-indulgent, and express feelings of entitlement. They tend to overlook their own flaws and criticize others. Low self-esteem: Feeling inferior to others. People with low self-esteem value the opinions of others above their own.

What are 3 examples of low self-esteem? ›

What are the signs of low self-esteem?
  • saying negative things and being critical about yourself.
  • joking about yourself in a negative way.
  • focusing on your negatives and ignoring your achievements.
  • blaming yourself when things go wrong.
  • thinking other people are better than you.
  • thinking you don't deserve to have fun.

What is an example of high self-esteem? ›

There are certain characteristics that distinguish how high someone's self-esteem is. Examples of these characteristics are being open to criticism, acknowledging mistakes, being comfortable with giving and receiving compliments, and displaying a harmony between what one says, does, looks, sounds, and moves.

What are 5 things that can lower your self-esteem? ›

Causes of low self-esteem
  • Unhappy childhood where parents (or other significant people such as teachers) were extremely critical.
  • Poor academic performance in school resulting in a lack of confidence.
  • Ongoing stressful life event such as relationship breakdown or financial trouble.

What are examples of lower esteem needs? ›

Lower esteem needs might include status, recognition, fame, celebrity, prestige and any form of attention. Our lower esteem needs are secondary or subordinate to our higher needs, as they rely on an inner strength that we develop over time and with experience.

What feeling is low self-esteem? ›

What is Low Self-Esteem? Low self-esteem is when someone lacks confidence about who they are and what they can do. They often feel incompetent, unloved, or inadequate. People who struggle with low self-esteem are consistently afraid about making mistakes or letting other people down.

What are signs of high self-esteem? ›

Possible Signs of High Self-Esteem
  • Inviting intimacy. I'm not talking about sex. ...
  • Actively seeking work you enjoy. ...
  • Valuing honesty in self and others. ...
  • Accepting responsibility for the quality of your life. ...
  • Caring about your physical health. ...
  • Liking children. ...
  • Avoiding self-destructive behaviors. ...
  • Taking calculated risks.
May 5, 2016

What are 4 risks of low self-esteem? ›

Consequences of Low Self-Esteem
  • create anxiety, stress, loneliness, and increased likelihood of depression.
  • cause problems with friendships and romantic relationships.
  • seriously impair academic and job performance.
  • lead to increased vulnerability to drug and alcohol abuse.

What is self-esteem and example? ›

Self-esteem is confidence in one's own worth or abilities. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself (for example, "I am loved", "I am worthy") as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame.

What are 3 signs of high self-esteem? ›

7 Signs of High Self-Esteem
  • Practicing Consistent Self-Compassion. ...
  • Recognizing & Avoiding Self-Destructive Behaviors. ...
  • Encouraging & Uplifting Others. ...
  • Accepting Responsibility for Yourself. ...
  • Being More Open to Taking Risks. ...
  • Being Assertive In Expressing Needs & Opinions. ...
  • Having Extraordinary Resilience.
Mar 9, 2021

What are 4 benefits of high self-esteem? ›

Their findings show that people with high self-esteem generally have more success at school and work, better social relationships, improved mental and physical health, and less anti-social behavior.

What is an example of social self-esteem? ›

You might interact with family members, friends on social media, have a meeting with a boss or co-worker, and talk to someone you're interested in dating. All of these moments, and how we feel about ourselves during them, make up our social self.

What are 5 examples of how do you raise self-esteem? ›

How can I improve my self-esteem?
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Try to recognise positives.
  • Build a support network.
  • Try talking therapy.
  • Set yourself a challenge.
  • Look after yourself.

What are the 5 types of self-esteem? ›

One of the most useful ways is to list three types of self esteem: Inflated self esteem, high self esteem and low self esteem. But it can also be divided up into different types such as Global and Specific self esteem. On this page, we will look at these different types of self esteem and how they differ.

What are 7 ways to improve your self-esteem? ›

By: Judy Zellner, LPCC
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. ...
  • Stop belittling yourself. ...
  • Use positive self-affirmations to build our self-esteem. ...
  • Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. ...
  • Dwell on your positive qualities. ...
  • Give back. ...
  • Pay attention to self-care.
May 27, 2022

How do you live with low self-esteem? ›

Additional Ways to Increase Low Self-Esteem
  1. Do something that makes you feel good.
  2. Stay physically active—exercise can help improve mood.
  3. Think about something you are good at.
  4. Keep a gratitude journal.
  5. Challenge negative thoughts.
  6. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself.
  7. Volunteer to help others.
Feb 13, 2023

What are the 6 areas that impact self-esteem? ›

Most researchers agree that we can influence our self-esteem, and Nathaniel Branden suggests six practices that form our self-esteem: living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, living purposefully, and personal integrity.

What is low self-esteem in relationships? ›

Low self-esteem means you are more likely to ignore your core needs in a relationship. For example, you may stay with your partner, despite their lack of affection for you. Or, you may tolerate your friend's bad temper, and blame yourself for their reactions.

What is positive self-esteem? ›

Having confidence in your abilities and knowing how to set reasonable expectations for yourself. Here is that balance again – feeling confident but also being able to assess yourself with basic clarity and honesty. Making decisions about things that you think are important.

How to be confident in yourself? ›

8 Tips for How to Be More Confident
  1. Be kind to yourself. ...
  2. Get outside your comfort zone. ...
  3. Make a list of positive qualities. ...
  4. Practice self-assured body language. ...
  5. Realize you're not alone. ...
  6. Set goals for yourself. ...
  7. Take it one day at a time. ...
  8. Talk to yourself positively.
Jan 21, 2022

What are the types of self-esteem? ›

There are two types of self esteem: 'high' and 'low'. We encourage you to strive to have high self esteem, because you are such an important addition to this world!

What causes low self-esteem? ›

Causes of low self-esteem can include:

Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. Contentious divorce between parents. Bullying with no parent protection. Academic difficulties.

What are the benefits of low self-esteem? ›

Among the hidden benefits of low self-esteem is it makes you aware of your weaknesses — even hyper-aware at times. This can drive you to compensate for this by overachieving and being determined to do better than everyone else because, subconsciously, your self-worth is on the line.

Is low self-esteem toxic? ›

It can even turn you into a toxic person. If you're suffering from low self-esteem, it's important to recognize the situation you're in and all the ramifications associated with it.

Is anxiety a lack of confidence? ›

People who struggle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often find themselves struggling with low self-esteem. They may have poor confidence in themselves or think they are worthless. This can be a harmful symptom of GAD with long-lasting implications.

What are the three 3 types of self-esteem? ›

The three types of self-esteem are sense of superiority, others' approval, and uniqueness.

What affects self-esteem? ›

Your self esteem can be influenced by your beliefs on the type of person you are, what you can do, your strengths, your weaknesses and your expectations of your future. There may be particular people in your life whose messages about you can also contribute to your self esteem.

What is the meaning of low esteem? ›

Low self-esteem is characterized by a lack of confidence and feeling badly about oneself. People with low self-esteem often feel unlovable, awkward, or incompetent.

What are 4 characteristics of self-esteem? ›

There are 4 components that define the esteem you might feel for yourself: self-confidence, identity, feeling of belonging, and feeling of competence.

What are some examples of other esteem? ›

Other-esteem happens when we base our self-worth on external things. This could mean the type of job you have, the kind of car you drive, if your spouse is successful, or if you perform well at a particular task.

What is a simple example of self-confidence? ›

It means you accept and trust yourself and have a sense of control in your life. You know your strengths and weakness well, and have a positive view of yourself. You set realistic expectations and goals, communicate assertively, and can handle criticism.

What is an example situation of esteem needs? ›

Examples include winning awards, having a respectable title, or owning an expensive car. What is this? The higher-level esteem needs refer to the need for self-esteem. This might involve meeting your own personal goals in the gym, knowing that you've achieved mastery at something, or feeling career satisfaction.

What are 3 ways to improve self-esteem? ›

Make time for your hobbies and the things you enjoy. Celebrate your victories, no matter how big or small. Be a good friend, and make time to spend with your loved ones. Surround yourself with supportive people.

Why is good self-esteem important 5 points? ›

Why Self-Esteem Is Important. Self-esteem impacts your decision-making process, your relationships, your emotional health, and your overall well-being. It also influences motivation, as people with a healthy, positive view of themselves understand their potential and may feel inspired to take on new challenges.

What are the 10 steps to build self-esteem and confidence? ›

10 Steps To Boost Your Confidence
  1. Self-acceptance. Accept feeling low when it happens. ...
  2. Increase awareness. ...
  3. Banish negative self-talk. ...
  4. Collect positive evidence. ...
  5. Focus on gratitude. ...
  6. Become more assertive. ...
  7. Be physically fit and active. ...
  8. Establish a good posture.
Nov 23, 2017

What are the 7 components of self-esteem? ›

Healthy self-esteem is generally formed by a combination of the following qualities:
  • A feeling of personal and interpersonal security. ...
  • A sense of social belonging. ...
  • A sense of purpose. ...
  • A feeling of being capable. ...
  • A feeling of having trust and being trusted. ...
  • A sense of contribution. ...
  • A feeling of influence.
Sep 27, 2019

What are 7 factors that affect self-esteem negatively? ›

There are several major factors that affect self esteem. These factors include appearance, employment, financial difficulties, possessions, age, relationships, education and family.

What are 8 ways to improve your self-confidence? ›

8 tactics to improve your self-esteem
  1. Write out a list of things you admire about yourself. ...
  2. Stop being a people pleaser. ...
  3. Step outside your comfort zone. ...
  4. Stop comparing yourself to others. ...
  5. Forgive yourself for your past thoughts. ...
  6. Set boundaries in your relationships. ...
  7. Celebrate your wins. ...
  8. Let go of negative people.
Mar 30, 2022

What are 4 actions that promote self-esteem? ›

Here are some other simple techniques that may help you feel better about yourself.
  • Recognise what you're good at. We're all good at something, whether it's cooking, singing, doing puzzles or being a friend. ...
  • Build positive relationships. ...
  • Be kind to yourself. ...
  • Learn to be assertive. ...
  • Start saying "no" ...
  • Give yourself a challenge.

What is the difference between high confidence and low self-esteem? ›

A person with good self-confidence feels like they have control over their lives. Self-esteem is how a person perceives their own value and self-worth. A person with high self-esteem is open to different ideas and comfortable socially. It is possible to have self-confidence and, at the same time, have low self-esteem.

What are examples of self-esteem behavior? ›

What is self-esteem?
  • Like and value yourself as a person.
  • Can make decisions and assert yourself.
  • Recognise your strengths.
  • Feel able to try new or difficult things.
  • Show kindness towards yourself.
  • Move past mistakes without blaming yourself unfairly.
  • Take the time you need for yourself.
  • Believe you matter and are good enough.

What are three main types of self-esteem and give an example of each? ›

Healthy vs. Impaired Self-Esteem
Healthy Self-EsteemImpaired Self-Esteem
Know you're okayFeel not enough; always improving yourself
Know you have value and matterLack self-worth and value; feel unimportant
Feel competent and confidentDoubt self, feel incompetent, and afraid to risk
Like yourselfJudge and dislike yourself
15 more rows
May 10, 2019

Can you have high and low self-esteem? ›

The behaviour of being self-confident can be a mask for a low self-esteem. Not always of course, but in our experience as coaches, an exaggerated self-confidence is sometimes the perfect mask not to deal with the fear of not being enough, or not having the skills to do something.

What is difference between attitude of people with low and high self-confidence? ›

We experience the positive feelings of high self-esteem when we believe that we are good and worthy and that others view us positively. We experience the negative feelings of low self-esteem when we believe that we are inadequate and less worthy than others.

What does high confidence look like? ›

They don't crave approval or praise because they draw their self-worth from within. They don't pass judgment. Confident people don't pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don't need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves.

What are 5 examples of esteem needs? ›

Maslow considered lower-level esteem needs as the need for the respect of others through status, recognition, fame, prestige, and attention, while he described higher-level esteem needs as the need for self-esteem, strength, competence, mastery, self-confidence, independence, and freedom.

What is an example of low self-esteem in children? ›

Kids with low self-esteem feel unsure of themselves. If they think others won't accept them, they may not join in. They may let others treat them poorly. They may have a hard time standing up for themselves.

What are 3 examples of esteem? ›

Lower level esteem needs refer to the need for respect and admiration for others.
  • Awards and Honors. ...
  • Fame. ...
  • Subscriber Counts and Retweets. ...
  • Titles and Salutations. ...
  • Holding a Record. ...
  • Being the First at Something. ...
  • Career Advancement. ...
  • Cultural Respect.

What are the characteristics of high and low self-confidence? ›

You know your strengths and weakness well, and have a positive view of yourself. You set realistic expectations and goals, communicate assertively, and can handle criticism. On the other hand, low self-confidence might make you feel full of self-doubt, be passive or submissive, or have difficulty trusting others.

What are the 7 actions to improve self-esteem? ›

By: Judy Zellner, LPCC
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. ...
  • Stop belittling yourself. ...
  • Use positive self-affirmations to build our self-esteem. ...
  • Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. ...
  • Dwell on your positive qualities. ...
  • Give back. ...
  • Pay attention to self-care.
May 27, 2022

What are the 6 categories of self-esteem? ›

These pillars are:
  • Living Consciously.
  • Self-Acceptance.
  • Self-Responsibility.
  • Self-Assertiveness.
  • Living Purposefully.
  • Personal Integrity.
Apr 25, 2019


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