The Link between Gender and Self-Esteem
November is the month dedicated to raising awareness about the issues of mental health, and today we’re exploring the link between gender and self-esteem. Self-esteem is the way people view and evaluate themselves, and gender plays a huge part in the types of experiences that shape our self-esteem.
Gender is a social construct, and people are often taught to adhere to certain gender roles as they grow up. This means that gender differences can lead to boys and girls having different expectations and journeys to forming self-esteem. Here are a few examples of gender differences in self-esteem formation:
- Boys are often encouraged to take risks and push the boundaries, while girls are more often encouraged to take fewer risks and be more cautious with their actions.
- Boys may be forced to adhere to macho stereotypes that can lead to low self-esteem if they do not conform.
- Girls may be encouraged to focus on their looks and may struggle to build high self-esteem if they cannot attain the societal norms of beauty.
- Girls are more often put into situations where they are to take a passive or submissive role, whereas boys are more often in situations where they take a leading role.
The Impact of Gender
Gender plays a huge role in self-esteem formation, as it influences experiences and expectations. Gender can be used to explain why men and women experience different levels of self-esteem, with women more often having lower self-esteen than men. Gender inequalities and pressures from society can lead to difficulty in building positive self-esteem, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety can also occur.
How To Improve Your Self-Esteem
Ensuring you have healthy self-esteem is important for your mental wellbeing, so here are some tips on how to start improving your self-esteem:
- Set achievable goals and celebrate your progress.
- Learn to recognize and challenge negative thoughts.
- Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion.
- Spend more time with people who make you feel supported.
- Do things that make you feel good and bring you joy.
It is important to look out for people who may struggle with their self-esteem, and to provide them with unconditional acceptance and understanding. If you or someone you know is struggling with their self-esteem, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional.