Thursday, November 3, 2011


Self-esteem was identified and defined in 1892. Today, the theories of self-esteem evolve around the Domains of Contingency of Self-Worth. A person's self esteem depends on their own perceived successes and failures in areas that are relevant to them individually, The researchers identify seven areas of self-worth for most people. They are; others approval, appearance, competition, academic competence, family support, virtue, and God's love. These are developed through a person's life time and are often influenced by their relationships. Low self esteem comes into play only if the specific domain is important to the individual. A student's esteem fluctuates from high to low only if they care about the grades that they may receive, A student whom puts less value on the grade often has a steady self-esteem. I often see this in myself. I often think I can not do an assignment if I perceive that it's difficult. I struggle to get it started and question myself through it's entirety. My self-esteem is low at that time but often rises to a higher level when I receive my grade.


  1. Nice post! I had no idea that self-esteem had determining attributes such as the ones you described. It definitely makes sense to me.

  2. I am the same way Nancy, my self-esteem is lower when I think about doing a difficult task, but once I start doing it and the task isn't as difficult as I thought my self-esteem goes up. My self-esteem has been up and down throughout my college career, but I graduate in December. so I was able to push and motivate myself to keep my self-esteem high to get through college.

  3. I can definitely relate to you as well. I often find my self-esteem very low before a test or when I hand in a big assignment. I never think that I did well until I get back my grade which usually boosts my self-esteem. I know exactly how you feel.