The Importance Of Self Esteem

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self”. In this twofold term, “self’ stands for the values, beliefs and attitudes that we hold about ourselves, while “esteem” refers to the importance and worth that one confers upon oneself. As we can infer from the definition, acceptance of ourselves is central to the concept of self-esteem.
First Maxim: People need to accept themselves to achieve a proper level of self-esteem.
Over the last century, the concept self-esteem has evolved notably from a mere notion in the early stages of psychology to an integral of human experience and motivation. Reich (1986) used Edith Jacobson’s definition of self-esteem as “the experience of discrepancy or harmony between self-representation and the wishful concept of the self.” William James (1890) provided
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Plato, Aristotle and Socrates alike took into account the concept of self-awareness as part of the learner’s environment. Steinem (1992,31) traces the concept of self-esteem back to the seventeenth century, but it was not until the last century and a half that it became particularly relevant. W. James, C. H. Cooley and G.H Mead undertook to attach to the concept the importance it enjoys nowadays (see Coppersmith 1967, 29-31; Wells and Marwell 1976,15-18). James, Vygoysky and Piaget sought to move self-concept and awareness of self from the realm of philosophy to psychology, and tried to measure its impact. James (1890) centred his studies of self-esteem on introspection, viewing self-esteem as an evaluative process where pretensions are viewed as goals, purposes or aims and what where successes are the perception that these goals have been attained. The more successful people think they are, the stronger self-esteem grows. Establishing the goals an especially delicate process since it is here where the individual is at risk. If and individual perceives a lack of success because of mismatched goals and achievements or as compared to others, his self-esteem may be in danger. Yet lack of success is only dangerous if the subject perceives the area as important Berget et al.…show more content…
The studies in this book on the role of self-esteem in second language learning will show how that practice proves itself wrong. Humanistic principles and the importance attached to affect are still very important to second language learning. Given that this is a process that ultimately implies communication between human beings, participant’s nature cannot be but determinant to the learning
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