The self-esteem behaviors that are considered to be essential to self-confidence and self-worth have a large share of their roots in the modern world.
In many societies, people value their physical appearance and social standing, while they are less concerned with their mental well-being, says Professor of Psychology Keshav Bhattacharya, an expert in psychology at the National University of Singapore.
The most important traits that are associated with self-respect are self-assurance, confidence, a sense of social responsibility, and selflessness.
These are characteristics that help people in any situation be self-sufficient and to act independently and efficiently.
A new study has found that people who are more confident in their self-perception and more confident of their abilities and skills are more likely to develop the self-sufficiency traits, such as self-efficacy, in their lives.
“Our findings provide a compelling argument that self-regard and confidence are not merely a cultural construct,” says Professor Bhatticharya.
“They are a fundamental human characteristic that is not easily altered.”
Self-esteem is one of the key factors that determine a person’s level of confidence in their abilities, which are crucial in daily life.
It is a trait that is thought to be correlated with a person being able to identify with their self and act accordingly.
“A person who is self-conscious and insecure may not be able to take responsibility for their own actions, for example, when they feel they have to protect their partner, which can result in poor mental health,” says Dr Keshava Bhatta, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin.
Self-confidence can be a crucial factor in a person feeling more confident.
“Self-assured people have more confidence than people who have low self- esteem,” says Bhattay.
“This can be seen in the study where the participants were rated on a scale that assessed their self confidence, but the self esteem score was not linked to self confidence.”
In the study, the participants who scored higher in self-stigma and lower in self esteem were less likely to report feeling confident in themselves.
The researchers say that is because self-control is a key factor that helps a person control their behaviour and thoughts.
“If a person is anxious about their behaviour, they are more prone to behave impulsively,” says Sathish Vora, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business at the Australian National University, who was not involved in the research.
“This can lead to negative consequences such as a person failing to control their impulses, or having more anxiety about their appearance and self esteem.”
The researchers found that self esteem is linked to positive attitudes, such that higher levels of self-estimators and less self-directed people are more successful in their careers.
The study, which was published in the journal Psychology of Research, was funded by the Australian Research Council, National Science Foundation and Australian Research Board.