More than 40 years ago, chilren watched films with an animated character named Jiminy Cricket. He represented the conscience of the film’s main character. He was a little voice saying “do this,”or “do that.”
Self esteem can be viewed as a little voice. A person’s self esteem tells him or her “You are a person who adds something to the world.” When that voice becomes stilled, then the self-esteem disappears, and the person without that sefl esteem starts to pay attention to all the unkind comments that might be made about him or her.
Parents should start to build a child’s self-esteem while he or she enjoys the early childhood years. In that way, a child enters the teenage years with at least some self-esteem. Due to the social pressures that invade the life of a teenager, self-esteem offers the teen an important guiding post.
Self-confidence encourages the development of self-esteem. Unfortunately, teens frequently lack self-confidence when they suffer repeated acne flare-ups. They never feel confident that they will “look good.” That explains why the effects of acne can eat into and possibly destroy, the growing layers of self-esteem.
Think about the activities that fill the life of the average teenager. After school, he or she might take part in sports, or other extracurricular activities. Almost all after school activities involve socializing. A student with acne might shy away from socializing with others. He or she might refrain from taking part in any of the after school activties.
Think about the sort of magazines that interest teens. They usually like to look at magaiznes that have pictures of sports stars or Hollywood celebrities. Each of the pictures in those magazines shows an acne-free face. Teens soon begin to feel that no one with acne is apt to enjoy a celebrity status. Teens with acne can feel that they lack all prospects for an exciting and rewarding life.
When teenagers begin to feel that their prospects for a rewarding life have dimmed, then they rapidly loose self-esteem. Society has found that teenagers who lack self-esteem tend to take part in destructive activities. They could grow into adults who do not exhibit productive efforts on the job. They could become adults who lack the expected level of self-sufficiency.
That possibility emphasizes the importance of self-esteem. It underlines the benefits that can come from a public readiness to identify and to tackle acne-related psycholgical problems.