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Understanding Self Esteem

April 2, 2024

Two women on a beach in Manhattan, smiling and hugging each other. Understanding self esteem can help you grow.

Self-esteem is a person’s overall sense of their own worth and value. It plays a crucial role in mental and emotional well-being, as well as in the way individuals interact with the world around them. Low self-esteem can lead to a range of psychological and social problems, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and feelings of underachievement.

Brooklyn woman sitting in a field eating a bowl of soup. Understanding self esteem allows you to improve your interactions with the world around you.

Self-esteem is a fundamental aspect of human psychology, encompassing one’s overall evaluation of their worth, capabilities, and value as an individual. It influences how we perceive ourselves and our abilities, which in turn shapes our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Understanding self-esteem is crucial for personal growth, mental health, and building positive relationships.

Self-esteem is comprised of two main components

1. Self-Worth: This is the core belief about one’s inherent value as a person. High self-worth means feeling deserving of happiness and success, while low self-worth often leads to self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness.

2. Self-Efficacy: This pertains to one’s belief in their ability to accomplish specific tasks or goals. High self-efficacy results in a sense of competence and confidence, while low self-efficacy leads to feelings of helplessness and ineffectiveness.

Self-esteem evolves throughout life and is influenced by various factors

Group of friends sitting a field of flowers, talking. For Manhattan residents, therapy to figure out self esteem is vital to success.

1. Early Childhood: Childhood experiences, particularly interactions with caregivers and peers, significantly shape self-esteem. Positive reinforcement, encouragement, and a sense of belonging contribute to healthy self-esteem, whereas neglect, criticism, or bullying can erode it.

2. Social Comparisons: As individuals grow, they start comparing themselves to others. These social comparisons can either boost or undermine self-esteem, depending on whether they perceive themselves as better or worse than their peers.

3. Achievements and Perceived Failures: Successes and failures in various life domains (e.g., academics, career, relationships) impact self-esteem. Achievements tend to elevate self-esteem, while repeated failures can lead to a negative self-image.

4. Media and Society: Cultural norms, media portrayal, and societal expectations also influence self-esteem. Unrealistic beauty standards, for example, can contribute to body image issues and lower self-esteem.

Healthy self-esteem has profound effects on well-being and life choices, including your mental health, health of your relationships, and feelings of motivation and success, the inverse can be said for low self esteem.


Woman boxing in a Manhattan gym to help improve her self esteem.

The truth is, there’s no single or one-size-fits-all definition of success. Everyone has a different idea of what they want their life to look like. That is why it’s important to get clear on what that looks like for you. Once you have a better understanding of yourself and your values, you can start designing your life based on the things that are most important to you. 

Therapy for women in Manhattan and Brooklyn is a great way to figure out what success looks like for you. At Manhattan Wellness, we will provide you with a safe space to explore your feelings and goals. So you can find clarity on what you want for yourself. We will pair your vulnerability with our empathy and encouragement. Then together we will uncover the key elements that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be. If you are ready to make the changes you want in your life:

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  3. Let’s Talk About How We Can Help You Feel Empowered & Ready To Take The Next Step. 

We believe that you have the power within yourself to make the changes you want and find your version of success. Our female therapists are here to support you in navigating this journey. Allowing you to reclaim your identity and take control of your life. Thus allowing you to create the future you’ve been dreaming of.


At Manhattan Wellness, our therapists are here to support you in navigating this journey and reclaiming your identity. So you can take control of your life and create the future you’ve been dreaming of. This is why we offer a variety of services to ensure you get the support, care, and guidance necessary. The therapy services we offer are Therapy for Maternal Mental Health, Self-Esteem Counseling, and Anxiety Treatment. Along with Dating/Relationship Counseling, Counseling for College Students, and more. Feel as if you are not living the life you deserve? Let’s talk about

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