Self-image literally means one’s personal view of oneself in regard to physicality and personality traits. Psychologically, it’s our ‘self scheme’ our own information of different traits that we perceive about ourselves that are already stored in our memory.
3 dimensions of self-image are :
- My personal opinion on me
- How do others perceive me?
- How I want others to perceive me?
As a positive self image can be favourable, advantageous, a negative self- image can be self – hurting, low self- esteem, low self -confidence, self -critical and pessimistic. Interestingly, many people have both, more or less depending on the different traits they have.
5 ways to improve my self image in my everyday life.
1.Self – acceptance is important. Loving and accepting the way I am, will make life less complicated en route to the ups and downs of life.
2. Building a self – image realistically based on my strengths and limitations will increase my self- regard rather than based on idealistic views as nobody is perfect in this world.
3.It is important to keep a level of self – awareness to make a continuous effort to evolve as a better person to experience peace and happiness in life.
4.Whatever good things and success have happened in life so far, enjoy to the fullest, build up more positive energy and move ahead.
5.Every individual is unique. Never compare your success or failure with someone else. This will lead to shallowness and insecurities.
Chasing my material goals and success is good, but at the same time, experiencing my emotional state of self achievement and fulfilment is motivating.