Certain people don’t think of themselves as worthy of anything. Well, what causes people to have low self-esteem? Self-esteem is determined by the beliefs we have about ourselves. In other words, what causes self-esteem is our self-concept. So we can deduce that low self-esteem is caused by a limited self-concept.
Thinking of ourselves as merely a body gives us a limited self-concept. Since many people only think of themselves as their body, they have low self-esteem. But in reality our self is whatever we want it to be. It includes, but goes way beyond our bodies.
To increase our self-esteem, we must expand our idea of what our self is. We do this by “grasping” or embracing more than our egos. When we grasp something, we bring it into our minds and it becomes a part of us. By grasping more and more, our self-concept increases and in turn so does our self-esteem. Since self-esteem is what we think about ourselves, and ourselves expand as we grasp more, the amount that we grasp determines how much self-esteem we have.
We can increase our self-esteem endlessly by learning to increasingly identify with more than our egos. We can learn to identify with others, our culture, community, city, nation, and world. It’s pretty hard for someone who can identify with the whole world to think poorly of ourselves.