Self-Image

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Your self-image is your mental picture of yourself, both as a physical body and a person. When you think about yourself, the feelings and images that come up are important. A healthy body image means that you see yourself as you really are, and that you feel good in your own skin. Self-image also involves your emotions about your strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. Because everything we do in our daily lives involves both the body and the mind, our self-image can have a strong affect on our overall health and well-being. Self-image can change as we age too, because our bodies change constantly as we move through life.

Health-Related Transitional Life Challenges and Related Medical Diagnoses:

It is possible that negative feelings about your body can lead to negative feelings about yourself as a person. If you feel scared or self-conscious about the idea of someone else seeing or judging your body, remember that, first of all, you are not alone. Many people of all ages experience these feelings.

NOTE: The more you actively value your own unique qualities, the easier it is to think about your body as an extension of the unique and amazing personal traits that you possess. If your self-image feels overwhelmingly negative, it is a good idea to reach out for professional help.

Self-Image: What Does It Mean?

Self-image is how you see yourself. This may be how you see yourself physically or your opinion of who and what you are which is normally called self-concept. It is important as it affects your self-esteem and confidence.

Self-image includes:

  1. What you think you look like
  2. How you see your personality
  3. What kind of person you think you are
  4. How you feel others view you
  5. How much you like yourself or think others like you
  6. The status you feel you have

What does self-image have to do with self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. Image is about how you see yourself and how you believe others see you. They are closely connected because if you have a poor opinion of yourself your self-esteem will be low. Understanding how each of these components work together to promote a healthy person can be tricky but not impossible to accomplish.

Self-esteem is a critical component of any program aimed at self-improvement. A close relationship has been documented between low self-esteem and such problems as violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and low academic achievement.

   
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