Chapter 4

Self-Regard

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

—ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THIS IS MY STORY, 1937

DEFINITION:

Self-regard is the ability to respect and accept yourself—essentially liking the way you are. To have healthy self-regard is to appreciate your perceived positive aspects and possibilities, as well as to accept your negative aspects and limitations and still feel good about yourself. It's knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and liking yourself, “warts and all.” This conceptual component of emotional intelligence is associated with general feelings of security, inner strength, self-assuredness, self-confidence, and self-adequacy. Because individuals with healthy self-regard know their strengths and weaknesses ...

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