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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Self-esteem'

Self-esteem Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    self-esteem n
  1. a feeling of pride in yourself [syn: self-pride]
  2. the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; "it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure" [syn: dignity, self-respect, self-regard]
Self-esteem Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Self-esteem \Self`-es*teem"\, n. The holding a good opinion of one's self; self-complacency.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Self-esteem'

Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person's overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs (for example, "I am competent") and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame. Self-esteem can apply specifically to a particular dimension (for example, "I believe I am a good writer, and feel proud of that in particular") or have global extent (for example, "I believe I am a bad person, and feel bad of myself in general").

Psychologists usually regard self-esteem as an enduring personality characteristic ("trait" self-esteem), though normal, short-term variations ("state" self-esteem) also exist.

Synonyms or near-synonyms of self-esteem include:

Self-esteem is distinct from self-confidence and self-efficacy, which involve beliefs about ability and future performance.

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* Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant. - J. Petit-Senn

* I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite goodMaybe you're not the best, so you should work a little harder. - Jay Leno

* Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry. - Alvin Price

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