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High self-esteemers are self-affirmers; through self-validation, they feel basically confident about who they are. Although they are not critical of themselves, they are realistically aware of both their strengths and their shortcomings. High self-esteemers know and accept who they are. They are confident of, happy with, and effective in their uniqueness as individuals.
High self-esteemers tend to be productive, competent persons. Such individuals often are academically competent, creative, and/or leadership-oriented. They are not threatened easily by criticism or failure and are able to tolerate frustration. Far from being intimidated by difficult situations, they welcome the challenge of ambiguity, uncertainty, and complexity. Such persons are problem solvers.
High esteemers enjoy other people and are eager to become involved wholeheartedly with them. Rather than being isolated and lonely, they take the initiative in interpersonal relations. They tend to be warm, assertive, caring, reliable, and trusting toward others. They exercise a great degree of interpersonal competence in social situations.
These happy, affirming persons have a positive view of life and of God. They approach daily living with a fundamental attitude of hope, which enables them to extend themselves into the future by establishing remote, not easily attainable, but ultimately highly rewarding goals. They trust their environment and their ability to cope with its problems.
Their faith perspective affirms a loving, accepting, and caring God. Faith is joy and celebration, and goes beyond agreement with doctrinal statements to affirm an experienced reality. Faith is primarily a personal relationship with a caring God.
Such persons often have moral courage and are able to stand up for their convictions. They are relatively free of the crippling feelings of self-inflicted guilt. Since their basic orientation is an empathic concern for others, they frequently feel more troubled by an inability to resolve the larger social problems of inequality, suffering, and injustice; to resolve the discrepancy between what is, and what ought to be, than by a burden of unresolved guilt and anxiety over their own behavior.
As these profiles demonstrate, self-esteem has important consequences, which vitally affect the manner in which persons respond to themselves and to the outside world. To gain further insight into persons, an examination of the way self-esteem is developed should prove helpful.