You might quite frequently have heard the phrase Self-Image used but failed to define what this term is really all about or what it actually means. This article will basically discuss what Self-Image is about and other things related to it.
Self-image is defined as a mental picture one has on oneself. Self-image is affected by how the individual perceives him/herself and how other people see the individual. In other words, it is your self-perception or self-impression that has accumulated over a period of time. Self-worth is not a solitary perception on oneself, but how other people see you which may also influence your self-image.
Self-image can be positive or negative. A positive self-image is generally having confidence about everything that you do, while an individual with a negative self-image often feels doubtful and distrustful about their self.
With so many factors having a great impact on your own view of your image, it is no surprise that an individual might suffer from poor self-image. This is a product of criticism and bad ideas that a person has collected throughout their childhood. The problem with a poor personal image is it can be extremely destructive and detrimental. The individual might view him/herself as a bad person and not worthy of much. Poor judgment is one of the detrimental causes of a poor self-image. If you are constantly praised by other people as pretty or handsome or clever but you cannot see it in yourself, it can result in doubts which equals to you creating a poor image.
People with negative views about themselves
In one particular study which was conducted, people who suffered from a poor image of themselves (or let’s say had a “negative” self-image) were those with Type A personalities and were perfectionists. These people will always expect and are used to high standards of success and when they feel that their achievements are not high or beyond a reasonable level, they often see it as a failure. The result is that they are very easily disappointed. In addition, people who think that they have it all – looks, intelligence, skills, money – strangely enough are most likely have a negative self image.
We are talking about negative, poor image but what defines a positive, healthy self-image, anyway? An individual with a positive personal image is one who has self-respect and respect for others. Also, an individual with a healthy viewpoint about themselves is someone who learns to recognize that there is great value and characteristics to be had from his/her mistakes and does not feel defeated or deflated in any way. When he or she is able to accept these extremes, they are said to have a positive self-image.
Factors affecting the images we have for ourselves
As mentioned above, ones image is not a solitary perception of oneself but also how the world perceives you and this perception can impinge on ones self-esteem dramatically. You, others around you and environment can have a great effect on how you truly feel about yourself and what you believe that others see in you. How you perform in school, your work and your relationships with other people also shape these perceptions.
Self-Image: So how does this affect me?
Whether it’s positive or negative, self-image has a huge impact on one’s life. It affects your complete outlook on life as well as the social aspects. To put it simply, if you have a good self-image, then what is likely to come around is nothing but positivity.
So, does it mean Negativity Reaps a Healthy Self-Image?
Not at all! In reality, when we encounter failure and remember it and accept the criticisms, this can be really good for us. Criticisms help us fight back and facilitate positive changes within ourselves and help us learn by our mistakes so we don’t make them again in the future. However, remember an excess of this can lead to overconfidence and this can turn into arrogance – a trait that anyone seldom likes!