Self-esteem describes an individual’s general sense of self-worth. It is characterized by different beliefs that a person holds concerning the self such as an individual’s behavior, emotions or appearance. As such, it is amazing that there are negative effects of positive self-esteem!
Self-esteem is determined by feelings, thoughts, actions, and behavior. Self-esteem changes throughout life depending on how we perceive ourselves through experience with various people or activities. Success, failure, peers, or treatment from family members has a significant contribution towards self-esteem.
Self-concept refers to how we view ourselves in terms of uniqueness or abilities. Self-concept becomes specific and organized as we grow and get older. Self-concept is characterized by personality attributes such as ‘I am smart’, or ‘I am beautiful’, which differentiate an individual from others. As such, it is amazing that there is a negative effect of high self-esteem!
Children with a high self-esteem value themselves and perceive themselves as worthy with the ability to solve problems. Positive self-esteem makes these children realize that they have skills they can offer to others. These children are usually happy, make and keep positive friends easily. Children with high self-esteem view challenges as opportunities to try new things and learn from the situation.
High self-esteem also comes with various challenges that these children with a high self-esteem exhibit. Children with a high self-esteem view themselves as perfect, and automatically qualified to a share of resources than the rest of the children. They also feel that they deserve unconditional love from family members and friends. This makes them arrogant and self-centered.
This behavior makes other children avoid these children with a high self-esteem. Children with a high self-esteem fail to make use of positive social criticism by dismissing it on the perception that they are perfect. Children with high self-esteem assume that the challenges they are going through are caused by the failure of others making them not responsible to change them. In some cases, these children with high self-esteem resort to bullying other children on the assumption that they have the right to judge and treat other children they way they want.