A local general practitioner, who had worked successfully for many years, was describing the difficulties he was having at work. “I feel like a fraud. I think to myself why are these people coming and asking for my help?” All the evidence pointed to him being highly qualified but he was unable to make this assessment of himself.
If I ask you “what does self-esteem mean?” what would you say? You could probably identify people you know who have high self-esteem, or conversely those with low self-esteem, but what is it about those people that led you to those conclusions? You develop your self-esteem during your childhood, but this does not make it fixed for the rest of your life. In this chapter we will be defining self-esteem ...