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Your General Self-Esteem Is Different Than Your Body-Esteem

Posted Jul 10 2012 7:44am

There’s general self-esteem. That’s where you evaluate yourself—your whole self. Then there’s body-esteem. You guessed it. That’s where you evaluate your body. Are you, for instance, satisfied with your weight? What about your appearance? And, what do you think other people think of your body and your appearance?

    “I like the way I look when I see myself in the mirror.”

    “I’m happy with my weight.”

    “Other people like my looks.”

That’s a high level of body-esteem.

Here are some other possibilities.

    “I don’t like what I look like in pictures.”

    “My weight makes me unhappy.”

    “I won'’t wear clothes that show my figure.”

This, of course, is a much lower level of body-esteem.

Now as you can imagine, it is all too easy for women who are dealing with a weight issue to let their feelings and thoughts about their bodies affect their overall sense of self-esteem. And, it works the other way round as well. If you have low self-esteem, you may find that you also have a low opinion of your body.


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