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PSY 375 Week 3 DQ 2

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Week Three DQ #2
Due Week Three Day 4
What is self-esteem? How does self-esteem change in adolescence?
Self-esteem is how an individual feels about him or herself. It encompasses aspects of self-
respect, acceptance, and self-confidence that a person feels. Self-esteem is an extremely
important aspect of leading a functional life. It helps people set and achieve goals, develop
meaningful relationships, and become independent and confident individuals. People who have
low self-esteem often struggle to accept themselves. They may feel as though they are not good
enough or that they just don’t fit in. Those with healthy levels of self-esteem are confident with
who they are and what they stand for.
Teenagers often experience a self-esteem rollercoaster because of all the changes that they are
going through both physically and mentally. Puberty is a time of immense changes in an
adolescent’s life, which can take a negative toll on his or her self-confidence. Teens struggle to
accept themselves while also struggling to fit in with the surrounding world. Hormones fluctuate
as the teen progresses through puberty and sexual characteristics begin to develop, which may
impact the teens sense of self-esteem and make them feel somewhat awkward. Peer pressure
also becomes a more prominent issue during adolescence as well, which can attribute to issues of
self-esteem as well. Most teenagers are constantly struggling for social acceptance, which can in
turn affect their self-esteem.

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