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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishself-esteemˌself-esˈteem noun [uncountable]  PRIDE/SELF-RESPECTthe feeling of being satisfied with your own abilities, and that you deserve to be liked or respectedself-respectraise/build (up)/boost somebody’s self-esteem Playing a sport can boost a girl’s self-esteem. students’ sense of self-esteemlow/poor self-esteem (=not much self-esteem)
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self-esteemBut they also point to the benefits of meaningful work in building self-esteem.What happened that season turned out to be a story about the struggle for self-esteem, equity and respect.Getting a job did a lot for her self-esteem.Losing the job was a real blow to his self-esteem.People who live on the streets lose self-esteem.Don't overdo it though - the flipside of stress is boredom, stagnation and low self-esteem.When I started seeing my therapist, I was suffering from very low self-esteem.Other facets of self-esteem may be poor, but are not necessarily so.The undermining of self-esteem may lead to assumptions about the reactions of others that are unjustified.He had a robust self-esteem, even though this was a blow, and he needed financially to continue working.Sports should build a child's self-esteem, not damage it.The program is designed to help children from broken families build their self-esteem.The key, once again, is that when we choose to act with self-esteem, we begin to feel self-esteem.raise/build (up)/boost somebody’s self-esteemThey gave examples of how some of their attempts at building up self-esteem seemed to have worked.We use the techniques to build up our self-esteem and self-image.To build your self-esteem set yourself targets, and if you achieve them you can reward yourself with a treat.
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