We all have those days when we feel like we just can’t rise to the challenge, or when we may feel that we aren’t good enough. It’s normal to feel down on ourselves sometimes. But why is that? This matter of mental health has to do with self-esteem. Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s abilities or worth.” There are various ways self-esteem can be impacted, and several things one can do to maintain a positive self-image.
A recent Dartmouth study reveals a possible source of self-esteem within the brain. It appears that internal locus of control, how much control over our lives we believe we have, which is directly correlated with self-esteem, is related to how well regions of the brain connect. This finding could help with future treatments for depression and anxiety disorders.
Understanding how the brain works in regards to this topic will help improve self-esteem when necessary. The way you think about yourself is developed the same way as learning how to ride a bike. The more practice with the bike, the stronger rider you are. Eventually you can ride without thinking about it. A strong pathway in the brain has been created.