Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is often associated with substance abuse, early sexual activity, eating problems and thoughts that may lead to suicide. How do you rate your self-esteem? Why? Higher self-esteem is associated with self-understanding, appreciating one?s skills and the satisfaction of helping others. How can you improve your self-esteem?

" Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Looking Back: A Self-Reflection

What does self-esteem mean to you?

Check out our worksheet.

Quiz Ideas

  • Can you handle rejection and criticism in an objective and healthy manner, or does one negative comment completely shatter your self-view? Complete this self-esteem test to see how your self-esteem rates.
  • How high is your self-esteem? Do you have the confidence to make to believe in yourself and your abilities? Find out by taking this quiz.

Moving Ahead: The Challenge

Can you list some activities that make you feel accomplished?

Check out our worksheet.

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Campus Resources

  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    CAPS provides a wide range of free services to students, which are provided by a staff of professional clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, learning specialists, and psychiatric providers. They offer individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and outreach programs, as well as other resources.
  • Center for Psychological Services
    CPS offers individual, family, and couples therapy, group therapy, assessment, consultation, and mental health evaluations. They use evidence-based clinical training in assessment, consultation and intervention, and provide accessible, affordable, culturally sensitive, and state-of-the-art services to the community.
  • Social Action and Integrative Learning
    SAIL is an evolving community of Mason students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community partners who are active and passionate collaborators in effecting positive social change. SAIL fosters integrative, innovative, and experiential learning opportunities on campus, regionally, and globally that educate and activate towards a more equitable, just, nonviolent, and sustainable world.
  • Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education
    ODIME engages the Mason community in awareness and exploration of the diversity of the campus community, identity development, and global and cultural competencies. They offer services, resources, and experiences that assist students in recognizing, cultivating, and actualizing their potential to thrive and succeed and interact with people with different identities than their own and co-create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.

Additional Resources

  • Mind Tools
    Mind Tools is a website that was established to help people learn practical and straight forward skills they need to excel in their career and they provide training solutions for companies and governments. They offer articles, tips and resources for improving and understanding self-esteem.
  • Psychology Today
    Psychology Today is a website that is all about people and what makes them tick. The site is supported by over 750 psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and authors. They provide articles on building self-esteem, fallacies about self-esteem, and the effect of different environments on self-esteem and so much more.
  • Self-Esteem.org
    La Belle Foundation is a non-profit organization whose objective is to bring the teaching of self-esteem, self-development and personal and social responsibility to public school students without charge. The organization is also known as the Self-Esteem Learning Foundation (S.E.L.F.) and helps train students to overcome some of the more unfortunate aspects of life: feelings of ineptness, unattractiveness and insignificance.
  • Medline Plus
    MedlinePlus houses a wealth of excellent health information from the National Library of Medicine for health professionals and consumers. They offer a variety of articles, resources and help guides on self-esteem and body image.
  • National Association for Self-Esteem
    NASE is a national non-profit organization’s purpose is to promote and fully integrate self-esteem into the fabric of American society so that personal worth, responsibility and integrity become paramount and commonplace in families, schools, the government and the workplace.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    SAMHSA is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whose mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness. They offer webinars, intervention reports, resources and more on the effects of self-esteem.
  • National Institutes of Health
    The NIH is the nation’s medical research agency – making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducing and supporting medical research to improve the health and wellness of all people from children to seniors. They offer information and research on self-esteem from genetics to bullying to obesity and more.