What is Self-esteem, Self-confidence?
Self-esteem is an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself (for example, « I am unloved », « I am worthy ») as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. Smith and Mackie (2007) defined it by saying « The self-concept is what we think about the self; self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.
The concept of self-confidence is commonly used as self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc. One’s self confidence increases from experiences of having satisfactorily completed particular activities. It is a positive belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do.
Self-confidence is not the same as self-esteem, which is an evaluation of one’s own worth, whereas self-confidence is more specifically trust in one’s ability to achieve some goal, which one meta-analysis suggested is similar to generalization of self-efficacy. Abraham Maslow and many others after him have emphasized the need to distinguish between self-confidence as a generalized personality characteristic, and self-confidence with respect to a specific task, ability or challenge (i.e. self-efficacy).
Concept of two words looks similar. But, there is slight difference between both of words. the former means emotional thing and the latter means more like ability things. so, how meditation can help people to have great self-esteem and self-confidence?
Effects of meditation for self-esteem and self-confidence
Meditation for self-esteem
What is the cause of low self-esteem? It is having a negative mind for himself. until now, we have been through many things. and in the process, we made a variety of thoughts and minds. tiredness, helplessness, hate, sadness, inferiority, regret, anxiety, worry, anger.. many negative thoughts and minds… all those things made us have low self-esteem.
meditation is discarding our minds and thoughts. by eliminating our negative thoughts, we can let go of all the thoughts and minds that makes us regard ourselves as useless, inferior..
If we have no negative minds about us, our Self-esteem must increase.
Meditation for self-confidence
What is the cause of low self-confidence? It is having enormous thoughts not only negative minds. of course, negative minds prevent us from having the ability to solve the problems. but not only negative thoughts, but also all the thoughts make human stay in their own head. and it connect to do nothing in action that make less ability. then it brings up low self-confidence.
To make high self-confidence, we have to let go of all the thoughts which is not important now in our head. and we can only do what we need to do in the present situation, which is most important thing in our life. and meditation is the key for that life.
Research about effects of meditation for self-esteem and adaptability
Here is the research about effects of meditation for self-esteem and adaptability in some environment. You can see how meditation can help for our self-esteem and adaptability.
The effects of this meditation on elementary school children’s self-esteem and adaptability to school environment
Yangkyung Yu (Professor, School of Nursing, Kunsan University)
Minjung Lee (Instructor, Gimhae Nungdong Elementary School)
The research is to identify the effects of this meditation programme on elementary school children’s self-esteem and their adaptabilities to their school environment.
Research participants and research duration
50 elementary school children in their third year
Between March 2012 to July 2012(twice per week, thirty minutes per session, 15 weeks in total).
At an elementary school located in K city of South Korea, 25 students who were in their 3rd year who wished to participate the experiment and whose parents also consented to their children’s participation attended this meditation session instructed by their teacher, who was a qualified meditation instructor. Another class of 25 students in their 3rd year who did not attend this meditation session was selected as the control group.
The result demonstrated an increased level of self-esteem and an increased level of adaptability to the school environment amongst the students who attended this meditation sessions. It also showed that a higher level of self-esteem resulted in a higher level of adaptability to the school environment.