Personal Identity includes our values, goals, likes/dislikes, our abilities, and our mistakes. It is our style of clothing and the choices that we make in everyday life. Self-Image - what does it mean?
Self-image is how you see yourself. This may be how you see yourself or your opinion of who and what you are. It is important as it physically affects your self-esteem and confidence. Self-image includes:
What you think you look like
How you see your personality
What kind of person you think you are
What you believe others think of you
How much you like yourself or you think others like you
How important you think you are.
You can't touch it, but it affects how you feel. You can't see it but it’s there when you look at yourself in the mirror. You can't hear it, but it's there every time you talk about yourself. Self-esteem is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are. It's how you see yourself and how you feel about your achievements. How we feel about ourselves has a great deal to do with our own experiences throughout our life. For example - poor self-esteem in an adult could be due to being constantly shouted at, belittled, and blamed for things as a child. But experiences in adult life could affect how people feel about themselves, for example:
The death of someone close.
Loss of independence (through accident or illness).
Being the subject of discriminatory or abusive behaviour. •
Being the victim of violent or aggressive behaviour.
Self-esteem is also linked to the culture that we live in and the values which that particular culture has about what is important. So - What does self-image have to do with self-esteem?
Self Esteem is how you feel about yourself, self - Image is about how you see yourself and how you believe others see you. They are closely connected because if you have a poor opinion of yourself your self-esteem will be low.
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