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a question by Nov 22, 2010
How do you measure self esteem? In an article I just read, "Researchers measured self-esteem by asking the girls how happy they were with themselves and with life in general." ...Um...that's an interesting way to measure self-esteem. I often thought of self-esteem as how awesome you think you are compared to others, but this is a whole 'nother way to do it.
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answered:    November 23, 2010
The way I'd have measured it is to see how well a person picks himself/herself up in times of difficulties and "failures". The amount of time taken to pick oneself up and to be optimistic again would be a good measure, I reckon. That doesn't mean it is an easy way to measure though. But I do believe the person will know it eventually. And that's more important than any research measurement out there in the world!
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answered:    November 22, 2010
I think self-esteem is impossible to measure, and I'd find any "study" that portends to do so to be highly suspect. One's happiness with life? That's a bit of a stretch to make that any kind of variable for self-esteem.
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answered:    February 20, 2011
Since it's such a subjective term, I'd find measuring it impossible- it'd be like measuring love or happiness. But, I would define it as someone's self worth, their ability to be themselves even in times of adversity, and to stand up for their beliefs even when everyone doubts them. I think how awesome you think you are also plays a part! I love the photo- my mom actually sent me a card with this photo on it LOL!
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answered:    November 23, 2010
Interesting question. Well, I don't think that that method that you mentioned from that research is the best way to measure self-esteem because I think self-esteem involves more than just happiness, like how they see their own confidence, integrity and worth, among any other factors.   I think that the definition of self-esteem is really subjective though and that there are a lot of definitions out there.
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answered:    November 22, 2010
@Trekscribbler Yeah, I'm beginning to think that the first part of the researchers' question has some merit - how happy is someone with themselves...I mean if you look up self esteem it has those two meanings - pride in self and subjective sense of competence and worth and ability to navigate life... You're right the "happiness with life" part is dumb - I mean you could love yourself but have a shitty life for any number of reasons - wrongly imprisoned etc. I guess you could sort of blend the two and think of it as pride in self and ability to navigate life to bring about happiness if all things happen somewhat fairly? That really refocuses self-esteem around the ability to be happy - which is something I hadn't thought of before...
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