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Rate your self-esteem

Asian girl sitting and smiling.

If you have high or healthy self-esteem, you will agree with the following statements:

  • I feel good about who I am.
  • I am proud of what I can do, but I do not show off.
  • I know there are some things that I am good at and some things I need to improve.
  • I am responsible for the things I do and say, both good and bad.
  • It is okay if I win or if I lose.
  • Before I do something, I usually think “I can do it.”

Does this sound like you? If some of the items in this checklist sound like you, that’s good… you’re on the right track. Remember to tell yourself everyday that you are a great person! And if your self-esteem ever slips, try these steps.

If you have low or poor self-esteem, you might agree with the following statements:

  • A solemn looking teenage girl.
  • I can’t do anything right.
  • I am ugly or dumb.
  • I do not have any friends.
  • I do not like to try new things.
  • It really upsets me to make mistakes.
  • I do not think I am as nice, pretty, or smart as the other girls in my class.
  • I have a hard time making friends.
  • I have a hard time making friends because I end up getting angry and fighting with people.
  • It makes me uncomfortable when people say nice things about me.
  • Sometimes I feel better if I say mean things to other people.

If many or all of these items sound like you, it will be helpful for you to work on raising your self-esteem. Try these steps.


Content last reviewed May 18, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013