Self-esteem is your emotional opinion of yourself, how you feel about yourself as a person. People with strong-self-esteem are less vulnerable to the negative opinions of others. (Siebert, Al, PhD. The Survivor Personality. p 144-145. NY: A Perigee Book, 1996.)

Self-esteem is a set of amorphous feelings about how much we like, value, and approve of ourselves. At its core, self-esteem is all about feelings. (Shaevitz, Marjorie Hansen. The Confident Woman. p 22-23. NY: Harmony Books, 1999.)

Self-image, your mental blueprint and the foundation of your behavior and personality, is the key to health and success. It determines what is possible or impossible, what you can or cannot accomplish. You can rewrite your mental blueprint through the use of affirmations. (Fox, Arnold, MD, and Barry Fox, PhD. Wake Up! You’re Alive! p 77-81. FL: Health Communications, 1988.)

Before and after birth we are continually receiving impressions about ourselves from other people and the environment. We interact with those impressions and decide how much we will absorb or allow those impressions to affect us. The sum total of those impressions and how we accept them become our self-image. (Conway, Jim and Sally. Women In Midlife Crisis. p 205-206. IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1971.)

Your “self,” the essence of who you are, reflects patterns of interconnectivity between neurons in your brain. Connections between neurons, known as synapses, are the main channels of information flow and storage in the brain. (LeDoux, Joseph. Synaptic Self. p 2. NY: Penguin Books, 2002.)

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