Self-image Self- image is made up of one’s mental picture of self that can comprise objective features that include height, color, gender, I.Q among others. In addition, it is influenced by what one learns about self from personal experiences and judgment from others. There are three types of self-image that include: self-image that is as a result of how one sees herself or himself, that resulting from how others view the individual and lastly self-image that is as a result of how one perceives others see him or her. Sometimes the three types of self-image may or may not be a true representation of the real self-image.
Factors that promote self-image
Body weight is one of the major determiners of self-esteem to most people in the society today. For instance, the body weight usually bars one from participating in a number of activities hence affecting their self-esteem. At the same time, body weight comes with a tag by the society with people having a low opinion of obese people, hence locking them out on a number of activities. The effect of one’s body weight on self-esteem has been one of the major contributors to the increased number of unhealthy eating behaviors among the affected people. Mostly those people involved are diagnosed with eating disorder, bulimia nervosa.
Furthermore, physical activity and ability to perform activities in a talented way helps improve one’s self esteem. Some of the activities may include playing soccer, swimming and dancing among others. By being unique in that way, one receives praises that are important for building their self-esteem. At the same time they view themselves differently and worth of the unique abilities that they possess. Jean Piget confirms that children’s self-esteem is developed from the age of 6 to eleven. This is the same time that children are introduced to sports.
Self-esteem being a consequence of one’s self perception and perception of how others perceive him or her, then it is greatly affected by grooming which is judged by a number of people. For instance, clothing and grooming has effects on how one acts or behave due to the fact, their dress code, elicits responses from people in different way. Praises and appreciation from people, is fundamental in increasing ones self-confidence and participation at their workplaces.
Improving self esteem
Feeling down sometimes is normal when it does not persist and consistent feeling of falling down is a sign of low self-esteem. People can utilize various strategies to ensure that they maintain the self-esteem high. To begin with is to talk positively about self since this will prevent them from believing that they are not any good more so when they have been thinking of self negatively for a long time. Secondly, one is supposed to avoid comparing self with one another, everybody has his or her unique strengths. Therefore, comparison with others in what they’re good at will lead to poor self-esteem (Neff, 9). Among other activities are exercise, focusing on things that one can change, doing things one enjoys and celebrating the small stuff they achieve.
The impact of self-esteem of achieving career goals.
Career and self-esteem are tied closely together, therefore in order for one to gain career success, they have to manage a high self-esteem. Self-esteem, gives one the confidence they need to carry on their activities which may bring success in their careers. With poor self-esteem, one will not be able to make a suggestion that might bring change in their area of specialization. Thus, poor self-esteem is just like killing ones career as well.
Neff, Kristin D. “Self-Compassion, Self-Esteem, and Well-Being.” Social and Personality Psychology Compass 5 (2011): 1–12. Web.