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  • Writer's pictureAsia Hardin

What's The Difference Between Self-Worth & Self-Esteem?



Let’s talk about the difference between self-worth and self-esteem.


Our self-esteem is what we think and feel about ourselves.


But consider if you ever notice your self-esteem changing as a result of the things around us such as other people, assigned tasks, or external information.


For instance, in one moment you feel confident and proud, you suddenly hit a roadblock, and now those positive thoughts are gone.


Now you're the worst person imaginable, you're inadequate, and you're unlovable. A little extreme, right?


On a general level, your self-esteem might be based based on the following:

  • What personal strengths and weaknesses you are most focused on

  • Positive and negative feedback you get from others

  • Your general mood, stress level, and emotional states

  • Comparisons you make between yourself and others



Self-worth on the other hand refers to how we value ourselves on a more stable and consistent level, less influenced by those external factors.


Our self-worth is focused more on the core beliefs you have about your worth and value.


And, believe it or not, there is a correlation between higher levels of self-worth and self-esteem.


If you have high self-worth, you are more likely to:

  •  Believe you are good, worthy, and lovable, regardless of what’s happening in your life

  • Accept and love yourself as you are now, with no conditions or exceptions

  • Practice self-compassion and treat yourself with care, kindness, and respect

  • Believe in your potential to grow, learn, change, and improve


Self-esteem is what we think and feel and believe about ourselves.


Self-worth is recognizing that your are of value, you are loveable, and that your existence matters.

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