Four Dimensions of Self-Esteem
Four powerful words define self-esteem. Use them to help your child build his.
What You Need to Know
Researcher Stanley Coopersmith defines four dimensions of self-esteem. They are:
- Significance—the feeling that you matter to others.
- Competence—how you feels compared to another.
- Power—having control over yourself and what you can make happen.
- Virtue—being a good person.
How You Can Help
- Build competence by giving your child the chance to learn about and become skilled at many things. Comparing your child to others or demanding perfection will undermine your child’s sense of competence.
- Stress power not overpower. Having personal power doesn’t mean controlling others but being able to do the things you want for yourself.
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