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What We Know

Self-esteem is defined very simply as one’s sense of his or her value or worth. Influences that are believed to help shape this attitude are things like genetics, personality, life experiences, age, health, social status, culture and interpersonal relationships [1]. Children and youth, as well as young adults highly struggle with low self-esteem. Healthy levels of self-esteem increase throughout adulthood but start to decline after age 60 [2].

How It Affects Our World

It has been understood through research that both high and low self-esteem can be emotionally and socially harmful. Having low self-esteem can affect one’s anxiety, confidence, overall happiness, security, motivation, self-image and approach on life. High self-esteem can lead to excessive focus on growth and improvement which could ultimately lower one’s overall happiness that then is linked to his or her life achievements [3]. By functioning between the low and high levels of self-esteem it is thought to aid in one’s success, relationships, and overall happiness [1].

What We Can Do About It

At Finding The Light Project we will always highly recommend professional medical and mental health providers as the foundation of treatment. Beyond that, we are here to provide you with knowledge, theological reasoning and encouragement. We invite you to subscribe and explore how you can find light in the darkness. It’s time to find hope and happiness once again!

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[1] McLeod, S. (2012). Low self-esteem. Simple Psychology. Retrieved from

[2] Hamilton, A. (2010). Self-esteem declines sharply among older adults while middle-aged are most confident. American Psychological Association. Retrieved from

[3] Ackerman, C. E. (October, 2020). What is self-esteem? A psychologist explains. Positive Psychology. Retrieved from

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