Self-worth is your understanding of your value. Self-worth is a little bit different than self-esteem. Self-esteem has to do with how you think of yourself, particularly compared to those around you. Self-worth has to do with how you think of yourself, particularly compared to a given situation. Having a healthy understanding of your self-worth can help you to use your talents when you can make a difference and avoid making decisions that could put you in danger.
What is Self-worth?
Spending time with positive people can improve your self-esteem while spending time with negative people can damage your self-esteem. Self-worth works similarly, but again is more situational. Spending time doing something that you are good at can improve your self-worth, while being in situations that don’t draw on your strengths can damage your self-worth. This is why a realistic understanding of your self-worth is important. If you have too low an understanding of your self-worth, you may not realize ways in which you can improve situations.
If your self-worth is too high, you may try to involve yourself in situations that you can’t improve, or that may even be dangerous for you. With an accurate sense of Self-worth, you can help when your skills would be helpful and stay out of the way when someone else is better suited to handle a situation.
How Do People Impact Self-worth?
People around you play an important role in your development of self-worth. You may be nervous to help if you are around people who are important to you. Alternatively, people who are close to you may inflate your sense of self-worth in an attempt to avoid hurting your feelings. People that you don’t get along with may try to damage your Self-worth, even when you are doing something well. However, few things make you feel better than doing something well around people that would like nothing more than to see you fail. The best people for developing a healthy and realistic sense of Self-worth will praise you when you do well and critique you when you do something. Instead of emphasizing or ignoring your weaknesses or strengths, they will help you to understand what you can and can’t do.
How Do Situations Impact Self-worth?
Just like there are ideal and non-ideal and non-ideal people for developing a healthy sense of Self-worth, there are ideal and non-ideal situations for developing your self-worth. Situations that use your talents can strengthen your sense of self-worth, which is good provided that you remember that while some skills are transferable, others only apply to given situations.
Situations that don’t use your strengths can make you feel useless, which damages your self-worth. This feeling is uncomfortable but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, provided that you remember that you have skills, they simply don’t apply at the moment. Feeling low Self-worth in a situation can help you to stay safe and stay out of the way. It can also inspire you to learn new things that will make you more useful in more situations.
The ideal situation for developing realistic self-worth is one that allows you to try new things in a low-risk setting that will let you test your own abilities in different contexts. Self-worth isn’t talked about as much as self-esteem and the terms are often used interchangeably. However, they do have their differences and working on maintaining a realistic version of both can help you to understand your value while respecting your limits.
High self-worth can contribute to high self-esteem and high self-esteem can keep you from feeling down when you find yourself in a situation that may lower your sense of self-worth. The important thing is to remember that you are still important in instances in which your particular skills might not fit the moment.