Self-Worth vs. Self-Esteem

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying your afternoon. I want to discuss something today that I feel is of great importance.
The differences between self-worth and self-esteem. Although these two are related as cousins would be, they are not quite the same. I have heard many people state these phrases as if they are interchangeable though. So what are the differences? Self-esteem is based on the confidence we have in our abilities. While self-worth is how much we value ourselves or how much we actually believe we deserve these abilities. I like to use an example to demonstrate these differences. Let’s say you are a student who is studying for a test. The test comes around and you feel confident in your abilities to do well. You receive the test back and what do you know? You received a perfect score. It was your abilities that helped you get the score. But you can’t help but wonder if you truly deserved this score? Let’s say some of your thoughts could range from you thinking you deserve to pass but don’t believe you deserved a perfect score. Or possibly you may wonder why you got a better score than your classmate Sara , who clearly deserves more than you.
I have found through my practice that a lot of clients of mine who struggle with the need to reach perfection struggle with self-worth issues. Sometimes as children they were told that they were not good enough or didn’t deserve. These views were sometimes views other family members shared and were passed down to children when they were most vulnerable (usually before the age of 5 years old).
So as you can see, these two work together but are very different. An individual may have a sense of self-esteem but that won’t always translate to a high sense of self-worth.
So as I wrap-up, there is something I’d like to ask you? Sort of like some food for thought. Do you struggle with self-worth issues? Do you find yourself trying to figure out how to correct them?


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