Updated: Apr 19, 2020
Self-esteem is a concept used to describe the way a person feels about themselves. Most of us don’t give much thought to our self-esteem, but Virginia Satir, who is thought of as the “mother of family therapy,” considered self-esteem or self-worth to be “the source of personal energy” (Satir, 1988). It makes sense that when we feel good about ourselves, we are more willing to work hard at our jobs, treat others with kindness and dignity, and take initiative for caring for our physical and mental health. That being said, if a person’s self-esteem is consistently low, it’s not all that surprising for them to be careless or indifferent at work, be harsh or emotionally distant with loved ones, and to neglect their own needs.