What is The Difference Between

Self Worth and Self Esteem?

Self worth and self esteem are not the same. They may feel connected and often used interchangeably, but they have slight but important distinctions. Self-esteem is what we think and feel about ourselves. It seems to only scratch the surface of who we are and what we can become. 

Self worth feels so much deeper. It is about knowing you are valuable and can receive love from others along with yourself. It holds more of an eternal perspective. 

The word self esteem reminds me of the 90's. I imagine the helicopter parent who wants to protect little Timmy's self esteem, so he gets a participation trophy. I don't know if all the focus on self esteem has had the desired impact or not.  

Growing your self worth has much deeper and filling implications. There is research providing some exercises to grow your self worth. We also recognize the invaluable growth that comes from pain and trials that test your self worth, but can't exactly be tested under controlled conditions. In these stimuli, self worth comes from a complex hardening and softening of your soul at the same time. 

Some may think that having a high self worth means not giving a s*** about what other people think. This is in part true, but apathy cannot replace the beauty and power of self love validating oneself while not caring what other people think.

“Self-esteem is what we think and feel and believe about ourselves. Self-worth is recognizing ‘I am greater than all of those things.’ It is a deep knowing that I am of value, that I am loveable, necessary to this life, and of incomprehensible worth.”

~Dr. Christina Hibbert

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