Sources of Self-Esteem
While the primary source of self-esteem can only be internal, there is little question that outside sources – whether they be friends, colleagues, beliefs or social mores – also have a significant impact on our level of self-esteem. In brief, internal sources are factors that reside within the individual, whether they are ideals, beliefs, practices or behaviors.
External sources of self-esteem are factors present in the environment that impact us. Growing up in an environment conducive to a healthy sense of self-worth greatly increases the chance that a person will have an appropriate level of self-esteem.
Please click on the links to the right for a more-complete explanation of the internal and external sources of self-esteem.