Self-Concept is how we perceive our personalities, behaviors, strengths, and individual characteristics. Beliefs such as, "I’m a loving friend" or "I’m an empathetic person," are parts of an overarching self-concept. Typical examples are traits such as extroversion or introversion, or perhaps values that inform our political beliefs. Our self-appraisal is crucial because it influences our motivations, beliefs, and actions. It also impacts how we feel about WHO we think we are and whether we are worthy and valuable as human beings.
Self-Esteem speaks to whether we value and accept ourselves and our opinions and beliefs about ourselves—which contributes to our self-concept. Self-esteem is impacted by various factors, including how we think we compare to other people, our role in society, and external influences (trauma, socio-economic factors, physical and mental health, experiencing racism or prejudice, relationship stressors, etc).
If you struggle with low self-esteem, and poor self-concept it might seem impossible for these to change. Check out this handy infographic for a few tips to improve self-esteem and self-concept.
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