Good Self-image

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Definitions: (1) a positive concept of oneself; (2) a realistic understanding of one’s capacity

Observation: It is ironic how often those with a poor selfimage usually have a sensitive perception of the values of others: “I’m no good but look at how wonderful soandso is.”

Subjective reality is folded in such a way that the person with a poor selfimage cannot see or accept his or her own positive qualities. Consider Marilyn Monroe; her beauty was certainly obvious to an adoring public, and she surely must have been aware of it, but it was not enough. Those who study theatrical art say she was a talented actor, but her lack of selfesteem helped to destroy her.

Structure: The following are from “Anxiety—Recognition and Intervention” The American Journal of Nursing, Barbara C. Schutt R.N., Editor.

Components of a Good SelfImage

• An ability to understand and be understood

• Satisfaction of personal expectations

• Reasonable control of environment

• Satisfaction of personal wants

• Satisfaction of personal goals

• Reasonable control of self

• A sense of productivity

• A sense of usefulness

• A sense of belonging

Threats to a Good SelfImage

• A sense of isolation, alienation, or loneliness

• A sense of insecurity (a threat to identity)

• A sense of helplessness

• Fear