Self Confidence

Olivia Longmore, Staff Reporter

We all know that one person that seems to carry energy with every step. The person that walks into a room and it seems as if light is radiating off their dazzling smile. This type of bravado is something that many people, especially teenagers and females, struggle with in our country. That characteristic is confidence. Confidence stems from self esteem, which can be explained as an inner voice located in your subconscious. Having confidence or a high self esteem comes with many health benefits: less anxiety, greater motivation, more resilience, improved relationships, and a greater sense of your authentic self.

Having either a low or high self esteem stems back to your environments at the beginning stages of your life. According to the, “The individual may have no memory of the event, but the subconscious mind recorded it and that impression of himself or herself lives inside the mind, affecting the person’s choices and decisions every single day.” Having this constant voice inside, it can be hard to recognize what that voice is saying.

Statistics on this scientific research vary from each cultural locations. The American Psychological Association states that, “the bulk of research on self-esteem has been confined to industrialized Western cultures where the gender gap is significantly greater, said Bleidorn” This ‘gender gap’ refers to the 7 million females in America who suffer with self esteem versus the 1 million males. While it is unsure how or why the Western cultures have a greater percentage of low self-esteem, it may be tied with the low understanding of this health problem.

Low self-esteem can come in many different forms. There are a thousands of symptoms that may come into play, however, these are the top eight most recognizable signs according to the article “Do you have low self esteem?”: pessimism, blame, exaggeration, withdrawal, lack of boundaries, and putting others down. If you recognize any of these symptoms as your own traits, it is important to identify what your inner voice is telling you and change your thinking habits. It is also important to understand that “the subconscious mind does not discern what is true, sensible, logical, correct, or healthy. It simply records our impressions”, states Knowing this will help rationalize your thinking into an understanding that what is happening is normal. It is one step in identifying that you are not to blame.

This is a list of some things that might help you increase your self-esteem.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people
  2. Celebrate small things
  3. Exercise
  4. Focus on the things you can control
  5. Don’t compare yourself to others
  6. Look at the accomplishments within your life
  7. Do things that you enjoy
  8. Get involved in activities or community groups
  9. Teach your inner voice to say positive things
  10. Remember that nobody is perfect