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Self-esteem and culture

Different cultures have different ideas about self-esteem. In some cultures, people believe that feeling good about your family and community is important, but that feeling good about yourself is not such an important thing.

Parents in some cultures don't praise their children when they do well, because of the belief that it will give the child a 'big head' and they will stop trying hard. Some cultures also believe that feeling good about yourself and your achievements is being 'boastful' and that it isn't the right way to be. What about your culture? Do you know what your family and your community thinks about self-esteem? What about you? What do you think?

If you would like to talk some more about self-esteem, you can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use our web or email counselling services. We will listen to you and help you work out what might help.

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Published: 4 October 2010