Self-worth and self-value are two related terms that are often used interchangeably. Having a sense of self-worth means that you value yourself, and having a sense of self-value means that you are worthy. The differences between the two are minimal enough that both terms can be used to describe the same general concept.
There’s self-esteem, self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-respect, self-confidence, self-love, self-care, and so on.
There are so many words to describe how we feel about ourselves, how we think about ourselves, and how we act toward ourselves. It’s understandable if they all start to blend together for you; however, they are indeed different concepts with unique meanings, findings, and purposes.
Realizing our self-worth and putting ourselves first is difficult. Many of us start out with a self-love deficit, whether it be caused by our own thoughts or outside forces. The media is constantly bombarding with advertising. We are told we aren’t good enough, thin enough, smart enough, and so on. Body image issues primarily affect girls but even boys are beginning to feel bad about themselves.
Also in this episode, we talk about the more wholesome images and messages we got in the 1970s and 1980s. From Fat Albert to GI Joe’s PSAs and a host of other sources, the kids of the 70s and 80s were given so many positive ways to look at themselves.
Self-hatred is a terrific way to sabotage yourself. We must pay attention to our thoughts and feelings. If you feel as though you don’t deserve good things, that is your lack of self-worth lying to you. The mind creates its reality. Pay attention to your thoughts.
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