: a confidence and
oneself : self-respect
According to psychologists, self-esteem
refers to a person’s self evaluation. How
every individual sees themselves,
whether it be important, smart,
worthwhile, or just the opposite of each
of those. They say healthy self-esteem is
not bragging, but knowing in your mind
that you have a lot of self-worth.
I personally chose self-esteem as a topic
mainly because of my diverse group of
friends. As a whole they are lovely human
beings, but there are incidences where they
themselves don’t realize that and don’t give
their minds or bodies the self-respect that
they deserve. You can always tell the
difference between someone with low or high self-
esteem, especially inside the classroom.
According to the Coopersmith Self-Esteem
Inventory test, I scored between a average
and a somewhat above average self
esteem. To be honest, this seems about
right to me. When I think of myself
Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior year, I
myself have changed as a whole and my
self-esteem has done a total 360.
“I finally got myself to a place where I let people's insults roll off my back. It doesn't matter if people
like me or don't like me. I know who my friends are, and that's what matters.”
-Anonymous (via survey)
The first 5 questions belonging to the survey I made were (in order):
1.) On a scale of 1-5, with five being the highest amount of self-esteem, of the majority of your friends
do they have high or low self-esteem?
2.) What causes low self-esteem?
3.) What causes high self-esteem?
4.) Can your family affect whether or not you have high or low self-esteem?
5.) Do you consider yourself to have high self-esteem or low self-esteem?
• The results with #1, were: 40% percent said 3, 12% said 5, 36% said 4, 4% said 1, and 8% said
• The results with #2, were: 92% said “People always putting you down.” Second up was, 44%
said “Having no friends.”
• The results with #3, were: 88% said, “Surrounding yourself with positive and encouraging
• The results with #4, were: 96% said “Yes.”
• The results with #5, were: 60% said, “Somewhere in the middle.” 24% said high, and `6% said
Questions 6-9 were:
6.) Can alcohol help raise a person's self-esteem?
7.) Has there ever been an incident where you, or a friend, made a
decision they normally wouldn't when drinking?
8.) Can low self-esteem lead to suicide?
9.) Have you or a friend ever contemplated suicide because of low self-
esteem? (This is anonymous
• The results with #6, were: 56% said “No.”
• The results with #7, were: 64% said “Yes.”
• The results with #8, were: 100% said “Yes.”
• The results with #9, were: 64% said “No.”
Question #10 was a answer only question and it was, “Why
do you think you have low or high self-esteem?” The
• “My Dad can be a jerk.”
• “Because idiot's decide they need to make fun of someone to raise their self-esteem
and by doing that they lower someone else's.”
• “I think that I have high self-esteem because I am not bullied on or picked on by
others constantly and I am friends with people who actually like me and care about
what I do with myself.”
• “Well I'm a bit in the middle. So I guess for high self-esteem is when people have
good comments about me and things like that. for low self-esteem is when I hear
people talk about me behind my back or don't like that way I look or my weight
sometimes. So I think I'm kind of more towards the low self-esteem side.”
• “I know that I'm above average. I know that I can handle what I need to. I know my
friend's have my back. I know I can count on my family to help me whenever I need
• “not good enough at sports”
As a result of this power point presentation
and the answers to my survey, I definitely
believe that teenagers are under a lot of
different pressure, but quite a few of them
are sure of themselves. Things that can help
lower their self-esteem are the people at
school, their parents, and their physical