In the modern world that we live in today, the concept self-esteem is constantly being used in our daily lives such as the workplace, home and even school. But what exactly does the term self-esteem means? In this essay, we will learn more about self-esteem, concepts correlated to self-esteem and how one can increase his self-esteem at the workplace.
As defined by Myers (2008), self-esteem simply means an individual’s overall sense of self-worth. Basically, how highly or lowly we think of ourselves is related to how high or how low our self-esteem will be. As with attitudes, there are two forms of self-esteem – explicit and implicit (Myers, 2008, p. 54). Explicit self-esteem occurs on a conscious level on the individual whereas implicit self-esteem occurs outside of one’s awareness. So, is a high self-esteem individual a better choice of a candidate in the workplace as compared to one with a low self-esteem? An individual with a high self-esteem would be more likely to be obnoxiously loud and interrupts people while they are talking. Compared with a low self-esteem individual, they are shy and modest, a vast difference than one with high self-esteem (Myers, 2008, p.53).
Another notion is that there are three ways to define self-esteem (Brown, Dutton, & Cook, 2001) – global self-esteem, self-evaluations & feelings of self-worth. A simple explanation that relates all the three definition above would be of how people feel about themselves, how one would evaluate his various abilities and the feelings that one would get depending on the situation that he is in (Brown et al., 2001).
Self-esteem has also been correlated with concepts like self-control. Forcing self-control on an individual will simply wear them down. This is the same theory for one with low self-esteem – social rejection lowers the self-esteem (Myers, 2008, p. 52). Self-control makes up of two factors – self-efficacy (how capable we feel on a job) and locus of control (Myers, 2008, p. 55-56). Simply, in self-efficacy, we look at our own strength on the task or jobs that we did. For locus of control, it is related to the two forms of self-esteem that we had talked about earlier. There is an internal locus of control (one control his own destiny) and external locus of control (one feels his destiny is controlled by fate or other outside forces) (Myers, 2008, p.56). Individuals with high internal locus of control copes better with his life and can achieve more opportunities than others. From one’s own hard work comes favorable outcome which will lead to a positive feeling and an increase of his self-worth. This has lead to an increase to his self-esteem.
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