Where’s Your Self-Esteem?

In Culture, Family, Friends, Relationships on July 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

“I feel that a person’s ability or inability to be easily influenced by others (people OR media) all stems from their self-esteem or lack thereof.”

Charm (Me)

Growing up, I never thought that I wasn’t good enough to do anything. In my teens I never found myself in relationships searching for a father figure and constantly being abused because I felt I didn’t deserve better. I never looked in a magazine at frail models with blonde hair and hoped to look like them. Ultimately, I never experienced self-esteem issues because my mother never fostered the type of environment to encourage that behavior. My brothers and I were always told that we were smart, gifted, and wonderful individuals and we acted accordingly. My mom also instilled a constant sense of lucidness in us that allowed us to be aware of reality vs. non reality as well as sense vs. nonsense. It almost annoys me that parents are exuding so much time being angry at the media for influencing their children. I wish the parent would spend as much energy rearing their children and nurturing their self-images, critical thinking, and reasoning skills so that the children can be empowered to make good decisions about what they feel is “cool” or good for them to pursue. Please note that I am not saying that the media doesn’t purposefully try to brainwash our youth. They do and they succeed at it every day. Which should encourage us to take back the minds and hearts of our youths so as to prevent an Effexor-ridden, self deprecating, drone population in the future.

  1. You raise an interesting point here. I realize as a parent my job is to help my children navigate the world which includes the media. Well said.

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