1.What is the definition of self esteem?    [See Nathaniel Branden]

2.What is the power issue as related to high self-esteem?

3.What is the  competency issue as related to self-esteem?

4.What is the like-ability issue as related to self-esteem?

5.What is the most important idea that you learned from this lesson?[1]

Below is a sample answer to question 1 which illustrates the standards necessary for a student to receive complete credit for the assignment. 

 Note that a definition is provided, a personal example is given, and the sources are cited from where the information was obtained.

1.What is the definition of self-esteem?

According to Marsha Sinetar,  definition of self-esteem is described is described as follows:
 "self-esteem is our earliest self-verdict. It can also be described as a self-judgment. Formed early in life... our self-judgment becomes our world-view ". [2]

Although that definition is not very specific, lesson 11 indicates that Nathaniel Branden[3]  defined self-esteem more specifically as" the disposition to experience oneself as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and of being worthy of happiness"

An example, as I understand it might be, if I were a student and prepared myself for each class, I would be demonstrating my disposition of being competent and my worthy of happiness in a specific way. However, if I had really high self-esteem this desire for preparedness and worthiness would carry over in to my life in general..

Nathaniel Branden further points out that "self- esteem is not a kind of euphoria ""Self- esteem is not a feeling," but rather an attitude, a thinking pattern that seems to be self-fulfilling, i.e., there is a belief system that sets oneself up to succeed.

As it relates to careers, it appears similar to the self-concept theory as discussed in lesson 8   which stated the following:

" The self-concept theory hypothesizes how a person, consciously or unconsciously, defines oneself in terms of self-concept predisposes one  to seek that type of career choice."

In short: self-esteem is the disposition of a mental attitude  that appears to determine our level of competency and our level of our worthiness to be happy in life. The higher the self-esteem we have the more the degree of our competency and worthy of being happy.

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  1.Marsha Sinetar, Do What You Love The Money Will Follow, New York: Dell Publishing, 1987, pages 19-32.
  2. Ibid., p. 24 3.  Nathaniel Branden,  What Self-Esteem Is and Is Not,
www.nathanielbranden.net/ess.exc04.html  (Permission granted.)

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