Online Class: Building Self Esteem

A course examining what self-esteem is, the development and factors effecting self-esteem, an examination of the consequences and symptoms of low self-esteem, the behaviors associated with the symptoms of low self-esteem, and methods to rebuild self-esteem and maintain a good level of self-esteem throughout life.

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Course Description

Cultivating Self-Worth: Understanding, Recognizing, and Nurturing Healthy Self-Esteem

In today's fast-paced, comparative society, maintaining robust self-esteem is more critical than ever. Recent research reveals that low self-esteem is a significant precursor to several mental and physical health challenges. In fact, according to a 2021 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, individuals with persistent low self-esteem are at a higher risk for depression, anxiety, and even cardiovascular diseases.

Your self-worth plays a crucial role in your overall well-being. By investing time in understanding and nurturing it now, you're paving the way for a healthier, happier future. This comprehensive, self-paced course delves deep into the world of self-esteem, offering insights, real-life scenarios, and proactive strategies.

Whether you're battling the chains of diminished self-worth, supporting someone who is, or are simply proactive about mental wellness, this course is tailor-made for you. Enroll now to embark on a transformative journey towards a brighter, self-assured future!

Lesson 1: The Essence of Self-Esteem

  • Overview: Delve into the intricate nuances of self-esteem. Understand its definition, its foundations, and its paramount importance in the realm of personal development.

    Example: Jane, a top-tier executive, seemingly has it all. However, her childhood memories of being constantly compared to her peers still haunt her, causing bouts of imposter syndrome at work.

Lesson 2: The Pervasive Shadow of Low Self-Esteem

  • Overview: Explore the far-reaching impacts of low self-esteem, both mentally and physically. From strained relationships to compromised career growth, this lesson uncovers the hidden implications of diminished self-worth.

    Example: Despite being a talented artist, Alex shies away from showcasing his artwork due to a singular criticism he faced years ago, illustrating the deep-rooted impacts of low self-esteem.

Lesson 3: Decoding the Signs: Recognizing Low Self-Esteem

  • Overview: Low self-esteem isn't always evident. This lesson teaches you to recognize the subtler signs and symptoms, aiding in early intervention and support.

    Example: Lisa, an extroverted social butterfly, surprisingly showcases symptoms of low self-esteem through her constant need for validation.

Lesson 4: The Renaissance: Methods to Rebuild and Enhance Self-Esteem

  • Overview: Dive into actionable strategies and practices that can rejuvenate one's self-esteem. From cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to daily affirmations, discover a plethora of tools at your disposal.

    Example: After attending therapy, Sam incorporated daily gratitude practices, transforming his perspective and elevating his self-worth.

Lesson 5: Sustaining Self-Worth: A Lifelong Commitment

  • Overview: Self-esteem is not a one-time achievement but a lifelong journey. Learn the art of continuous self-love, ensuring that your self-esteem remains resilient amidst life's challenges.

Remember, self-esteem is the cornerstone of one's mental and emotional well-being. This course offers you a holistic roadmap to understand, protect, and elevate this invaluable asset. Secure a future enriched with confidence and self-assuredness by enrolling today!


Course Motivation

Understanding Self-Esteem

Said simply, self-esteem is the opinion that you hold about yourself. It's who you believe you are. It involves self-image, self-value, and many other attitudes that you will build about yourself throughout your lifetime.

Where Does Self-Esteem Come From?

The self-esteem that you have for yourself is based on many different elements in your life, and the attitude that you hold toward those elements. These include:

  • The value you believe you have as a person
  • The job you have in your life (tasks or employment)
  • Your achievements
  • The way you believe that others see you
  • Your purpose in life
  • Your situation in the world
  • Your success potential
  • Your strengths and your weaknesses
  • Your social status and your relations with other people
  • Your independence and ability to be autonomous and self-supporting.


Naturally, these aren't the only elements that will impact your self-esteem in your life, but they are the most commonly observed.

Though there have been hundreds, perhaps thousands of books written in the past about self-esteem, it is important to understand how very personal the topic is. No book or person can tell you how to build or maintain good self-esteem. The only way that you can achieve these outcomes is through willing self-discovery and self-examination. This will take time, but as you will see, it is well worth the effort.

The Importance of Self-Esteem

As human beings, our entire experience with the world is based on different relationships, and the attitudes that we form about those relationships. In fact, we use each of these relationships to build a consciousness about the potentials and possibilities that exist in our world.

In this same way, we develop our own expectations about the way we believe that other people should behave. For example, that your parents always got angry when you missed curfew, or that your partner is wildly competitive at cards.

As we are forming our notions about the behaviors and relationships we have with objects, animals, and other people, we are also creating an impression of ourselves. This includes how you think you are, and how you think you'd react in any given situation.

Throughout your life as you are faced with obstacles and decisions, through your actions, reactions, and thoughts (or lack of thoughts), you will begin to build a strong sense of self, which will continue to grow your entire life. Furthermore, you will begin behaving in accordance with that judgment that you have of yourself, and this will impact the future decisions, choices, and thoughts that you will have.

All of these judgments and behaviors add up to create your overall self-evaluation and self-concept, which creates your self-esteem. The self esteem is this concept - as a whole - which we form of ourselves. Think of it as a reputation that you have with yourself.

The overall concept of self-esteem is usually broken down into two parts by experts, so that they may better understand its development, improvement, and maintenance. These two parts are:

Your self-confidence or efficacy

Your sense of self-respect and self-worth.

Self-Confidence and Efficacy

As you see, hear, feel, and in other ways process all of the information that is always being sent to us from the "outside" world and our social environment, you are consistently experiencing an "inside" state of being in control, of efficacy, and of an ability to take in, use, and handle all of that incoming information. It is this state that leads you to direct yourself within your environment.

In a person lacking self-confidence/efficacy, s/he would instead feel helplessness, inefficacy, powerlessness, and the sensation of being completely overwhelmed.

Living both with and without self-confidence and efficacy is something children experience very early in their development. Already at this early stage, it is instinct for children to value their feelings of self-confidence and efficacy, and disvalue any sensations of helplessness. This instinct is further encouraged because the feelings of helplessness often occur alongside sensations of physical of psychological pain. Conversely, the feelings of confidence, efficacy, and control frequently occur alongside pleasure - or at least a lacking of a pain sensation.

Self-Respect and Self-Worth

Throughout our lives, beginning very young, we learn about the world around us and ourselves within it. During this time, we develop certain expectations about specific actions that will lead to specific types of consequences. This is what allows us to create habits and live in a world that we can understand and in which we can feel comfortable.

If this time is consistent with your perception of reality, continues to be life-enhancing, and remains faithful to your moral principles, then your expectations of the consequences of your actions will be positive ones. This means that you will have developed a sense of worthiness. You know that you "deserve" your happiness.

Conversely, if your experiences work in contrast to our perception of reality, your behaviors are self-destructive, and are in violation of your moral principals, then you will expect that consequences of your actions will be negative. Instead of feeling worthy, you will feel inappropriate in your life, and that you don't deserve happiness.

Self-esteem, therefore, is a matter of experiencing different feelings, and knowing that you are competent for living in your reality, and that you deserve happiness.

This being said, it is important to note that true self-esteem is not something that depends on the approval of those around you. Of course, it is natural to want other people to have good opinions of you, however, this is not the real deciding factor for building self-esteem. Only you can give yourself self-esteem.

Should you link your self-esteem to the opinions, judgment, and approval of other people, it means that your self-esteem is already hurting, and that you're at risk of having it slip even further.

As you can see, self-esteem isn't the same thing as just feeling positive about yourself. It is not the same as egotism, conceitedness, narcissism, arrogance, or any desire to feel like you're "better" than someone else. In fact, these attitudes can actually be destructive to genuine self-esteem.

Genuine self-esteem is something that takes time to develop, and is consistently maintained. Therefore, it isn't the same thing as the temporary, sudden boost that you may feel after a promotion or a marriage proposal. It is a long-term reputation that you keep with yourself, and an overall attitude that must be nurtured and maintained.

When you strip away all of the dressings and trappings you’ve wrapped yourself in, how comfortable are you with what remains?

On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your current level of self-esteem?
Does that number seem depressingly low? Don't worry--you're not alone. In fact, at one time or another, low self-esteem is an issue that everyone is up against.
If you're one of the millions of people out there who are struggling with shattered self-confidence and a negative self image, then this class was designed with you in mind. Even if you just know someone else who's struggling with these issues, the lessons you’ll learn are sure to pay off.
Society surrounds us with standards and role models that are virtually impossible to measure up against. Around every corner, there's another disguised needle with the chief aim of deflating your sense of value and self-worth. Without a clear view of the "real picture", it's all too easy to fall for the lies that are everywhere you turn.
Is it any wonder, then, that more and more research indicates that low self-esteem isn’t just a mental or emotional problem, but one that can spill over into your physical and overall health as well?
Fortunately, though, there are real, practical and effective ways that you can combat the attacks of low self-esteem and enjoy a powerful sense of confidence, value and worth. Nip your negative self-image in the bud by registering today--enrollment is open 24/7.
How frequently do you REALLY think about your self-esteem? If you're like most people, your answer is probably "not enough." But is that actually true?
How many times a day do you call yourself fat? Stupid? Useless? Ugly? Worthless? Undeserving?
Chances are high that it happens much more frequently than you're willing to fess up to.
But what if all of that could change? What could happen if you started thinking about yourself in a whole new light? Instead of calling yourself fat and unattractive, you can start seeing yourself (and then being) thin and sexy. Instead of writing yourself off as dumb or stupid, you can start recognizing your inherent intelligence and common sense.
Once you make that shift, the results will astonish you!
This course is broken down into a total of five comprehensive lessons. The first lesson focuses on understanding what self-esteem is and why it’s important. Lesson 2 concentrates on the damaging impact low self-esteem can have on your life. The third lesson will prepare you to recognize low self-esteem when it strikes and the fourth lesson will arm you with powerful strategies to help rebuild battered self-esteem. The fifth and final lesson will set the stage for lasting success by equipping you to maintain a lifestyle that’s centered upon a foundation of good self-esteem.
When it comes to completing your course work, you’re free to work around the demands of your schedule and everyday life. However, while this is a self-paced course, lessons must be completed in order. You won’t gain access to Lesson 2's materials until each segment of Lesson 1 has been completed.
All of the materials you'll need for successful completion are available from the moment you enroll and there’s no need to invest in any additional books or supplies. All you’ll need that isn't included in your registration is a journal or notepad you’ll use to work on your class assignments.
As far as grading goes, each lesson includes a brief 25 point quiz, in addition to your written and practice assignments. In order to successfully complete the course, you need to maintain an overall score of 70% or better.
Low self-esteem doesn't just affect the way we look at and think about ourselves, but also the way we view the world around us. It can also be a precursor for physical ailments and a host of other medical problems. Despite this fact, this course was created only for general purposes, not to serve as medical advice. But that doesn't mean that improved health and well being won’t be natural side effects of your progression.
When it comes down to it, there's hardly anyone out there who can't benefit from the wisdom gleaned from successfully completing this course. Whether you're struggling from low self-esteem or you know someone who is, the information you'll pick up will prove a powerful weapon in defeating the negative beliefs and mindsets that have been holding you down. Even if you don’t suffer from poor self-esteem, the tools you’ll gain access to will still allow you to improve your mental playing field and take your self-image to new and greater heights!
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Understanding Self-Esteem

We will explore what self-esteem is, where it comes from, and why it is important. 27 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Record Your Self-Esteem Score
  • Assessment: Understanding Self-Esteem (Quiz 1)

Lesson 2: The Damaging Impact of Low Self-Esteem

We will explore the consequences of low self-esteem, the link between self-esteem and depression, and whether low self-esteem is an illness. Additional lesson topics: Findings and risk factors associated with low self-esteem 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Record the Consequences of Low Self-Esteem
  • Assessment: Impacts of Low Self-Esteem (Quiz 2)

Lesson 3: Recognizing Low Self-Esteem

We will explore how we can recognize low self-esteem: the symptoms experienced by the individual, and the observable results seen by others. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Record The Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem
  • Assessment: Recognizing Some of the Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem (Quiz 3)

Lesson 4: How to Rebuild Self-Esteem

We will explore how we can rebuild our self-esteem through several techniques which include everyday and feel-good activities. 2 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Record An Affirming List

Maintaining a Lifestyle of Good Self-Esteem (Lesson 5)

We will explore how to maintain a lifestyle of good and healthy self-esteem and how to avoid and deflate negative thoughts. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What is your opinion of this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Summary of Overcoming Low Self-Esteem (Final Review)
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what self-esteem is and why it is important to your everyday health and wellbeing.
  • Describe the damaging impact of having low self-esteem.
  • Recognize low self-esteem.
  • Summarize methods to rebuild self-esteem.
  • Summarize methods to maintain good self-esteem throughout life.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Building Self Esteem
Course Number: 7550239
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,319 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Thank you for this course, I think everyone should take it. You have to fight your bad moods and self defeating thoughts like your life depends on it. Because it does!" -- Katelynn M.
  • "This course was very helpful. It does a great job of displaying the complexities of low self-esteem. It gives lots of activities to build confidence and replace negative thoughts." -- Valerie E.
  • "I found this course very helpful. Many factors regarding positive self-esteem are things I knew but forgot. The reinforcement was so helpful. I enjoyed this course." -- Annette S.
  • "The instructor has prepared a class that is fun, makes one think about themselves in a positive manner, and hopefully changes for the better." -- Marshall G.
  • "The instructor was terrific. This being my first online class, I was a little intimidated but it was such a breeze!" -- Barbara K.
  • "I enjoyed taking this course and examining my thoughts and feelings about myself. I felt the instructor presented the information very well and it was extremely helpful." -- Doris Q.
  • "The instructor is very well educated in this field of study. I have appreciated all the offerings of the additional readings and resources. Each lesson he provided revealed so much useful data that can be applied immediately." -- Kathleen M.
  • "This course broke open the hidden and missing links of being accountable to myself taking action and moving on." -- Louise F.
  • "This course was extremely insightful. I appreciated the pyramid diagram in the lesson which helped me to see how low self-esteem can begin. I want to help family members and others by means of these tools and by directing them to seek professional help. The most beneficial thing I learned from this course is that low self-esteem is a disease and needs to be treated professionally." -- Theresa T.
  • "I believe this course was very resourceful and helpful with understanding Self-Esteem." -- Alyssa H.
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