Maslow’s hierarchy to achieve self-esteem goes through self-respect, the road towards self-esteem becomes much easier if we have self-respect. These two terms are often used interchangeably but their meanings and essence are quite different. Self-respect doesn’t require you to evaluate whilst self-esteem involves full-fledged self-evaluation.
Self-respect is actually standing in front of a mirror, naked with all bruises blemishing and all ugly cuts exposed but still making peace with your self and accepting everything whole-heartedly.
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
TRAITS OF PEOPLE WITH SELF RESPECT
Their puzzle piece is not broken for others to fix
People with self-respect feels good and confident about themselves, they don’t blame themselves for ugly circumstances. Whether it’s a wrong job or wrong relationship, they never feel like something is wrong with them. They like themselves just the way they are.
They walk the talk
Unlike many of us, people with self-respect keep their words and promises. They just don’t flaunt their wisdom in words but also act according to it. These people act honestly and responsibly.
These people seek stability rather than perfection
People with high self-respect seek stability in life and in relationships. They don’t imagine the unreachable, rather they are very rational when it comes to their lives. They feel a dire need to be okay before getting into the next step of their lives.
They don’t jot down other’s opinions
People with self-respect determine their values and draw a vision for themselves because they don’t entertain other people’s opinions. They only value their intellect and do not ask for people to direct them. Even if someone compliments them, they don’t get overwhelmed.