The Impact of Self-Esteem, Significant Others and Media on One's Self- Image

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Imagine a special mirror that not only reflected your physical features, but also allowed you to view other aspects of yourself. What do you think you would see? Better yet what do you think influenced you to come to your conclusion? How you answer this question determines your self-image. Self- image isn’t something a person is born with. Self- image are numbers of self impressions that are built up over a period of time. These impressions are influenced by a group of elements. I believe three of the most influential elements are self- esteem, significant others and the media. Who am I? A question asked countless times by one’s self. This question is so simple to respond to but yet hard to comprehend. It’s easy to say you’re a free spirit, an activist, genius, exile or even a humanitarian, without putting much thought into the question. It takes an individual to truly stop and ponder on this question to respond with a sincere answer. I think most young Americans have problems with their self- image because this fundamental question has not been developed. This question is the foundation for ones’ self image. Depending on a person’s self- esteem this question can be answered with completely different answers. Self- esteem is the part of self- image that involves evaluations of one’s self- worth. Most people have a distorted view of their self- image. Self- esteem plays a huge factor in this. Depending on your outlook on life a person can have high or low self- esteem. Most people with low self- esteem judge themselves against unreasonable standards. They try to live up to societies expectations. Conforming to what society says is right, making it difficult to find one’s self as an individual. Not developing this skill to stand u... ... middle of paper ... ... the message that they should. The message that tells youth, you are beautiful just the way you are. You don’t have to be a size “negative zero” to be considered attractive. The message that says hey if you want to change something on your body lets go to the gym; together. Taking the magical mirror and turning what you see, into attributes and self-worth. Making it okay not to be perfect, because that’s what makes us human. I feel that if more parents became role models and stopped letting society dictate their children’s life, more youth would be able to overcome society’s expectations. They would have the ability to know what’s realistic and what’s not. Self- esteem, significant others and the media play a crucial part in self- image. Just if all three were prioritized right it would help lower the large number of youth that have problems with their self- image.
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