Self-esteem a key aspect of life
Many people have problems with self-esteem. Low self-esteem can result in anxiety when one is giving a speech or taking part in social activities. In a more serious case, it could lead one to become less involved in social groups.
People with low self-esteem have problems believing in themselves, and this can cause them to not perform at their best during tests or examinations.
To build up a person's self-esteem, give words of encouragement that can boost his or her confidence.
Self-esteem is important to all of us. We just have to be careful, because if one word can boost it, another word can bring it down.
Ronuillo Rennel Antonio
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Ronuillo. You touch on an issue that affects so many teens. We all have a 'self-image' - a picture in our mind of who we are, what we're good at, how we look, and how we think other people feel about us. Our self-image contributes to our self-esteem - how much we feel valued by others, and how much we value ourselves. As you grow older, your body and mind may develop at a different rate from your friends and peers. This may leave you feeling insecure or worried that you're 'not as good' as other people you know. But we all have qualities that make us unique, and we should embrace them, and enjoy the fact that they make us individuals.
As well as helping to increase other people's self-esteem, it's important to build your own. Learn to think positively about yourself and accept that nobody is perfect - aim to accomplish things rather than be perfect. Accept that mistakes are a great way to learn things. Set goals, and feel good when you meet them (but don't beat yourself up if you don't). Learn to love yourself the way you are and have fun, surrounding yourself with positive people.
Karly, Deputy Editor