Here are some ways to help with your own self esteem measurement - how you can tell if you have high or low self-esteem - how you can judge your feelings of self-worth.
For psychologists and psychiatrists, self-esteem measurement typically involves using a questionnaire completed by the subject or patient – a self-report inventory. The two best known inventories are the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale and the Coopersmith Self-esteem Inventory.
These use a battery of questions (10 in the case of the Rosenberg Scale, and 50 in the case of the Coopersmith Inventory) to quantify self-esteem on a more detailed basis than simply high or low. All of which is fine if you’re a psychologist or psychiatrist, but how can you gain some idea of your own level of self-esteem?
Self-esteem measurement - how to judge your feelings of self worth
How can you tell if you have high or low self-esteem?
You know you have high self-esteem if you:
- Trust your own judgement and ability to solve problems, without worrying about asking for help when you feel it is needed, and without worrying if other people disagree with your judgement or disapprove of your decisions;
- Quite like the person you are;
- Do not worry unduly about other people’s opinions;
- Can move on quickly after failure or after making mistakes, focussing on the positive and learning from mistakes;
- Tend not to compare yourself to other people;
- Readily accept criticism without allowing it to give you negative feelings about yourself, but being able to discern the validity of the criticism – you are happy to accept your weaknesses;
- Believe in certain principles or values, and although you may believe in them strongly enough to defend them in the face of opposition or contrary opinion, you are secure enough to modify them in the light of changes of fact or circumstance;
- Believe that you are of interest and value to other people;
- Consider yourself to be of equal worth to others (irrespective of role or financial position).
Self esteem measurement - You know you have low self-esteem if you:
- Are constantly critical of yourself to the point where you are habitually dissatisfied with yourself (be honest – how often do you rant to yourself about yourself? How often do you swear at yourself about yourself? How often do you call yourself every insulting name you can think of?);
- Tend to compare yourself unfavourably with other people;
- Give other people the credit for your successes;
- Continuously review your failures in your mind, focussing on the negative;
- Are constantly indecisive through fear of making a mistake;
- Are hypersensitive to criticism;
- Constantly see yourself as a victim;
- Are constantly striving for perfection;
- Feel guilty about your behaviour or your failures and achievements (if, for example, you feel you are no good as a person because you have failed an exam);
- Show hostility and defensiveness towards people who contradict you or express a different opinion.
So, after reading this page and carrying out your own self-esteem measurement, you may have a better idea of your level of self-esteem. Read on to see how it can be affected, and how you can use self hypnosis to improve the way you feel about yourself.