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Open the road to self-esteem and personal worth

Open the road to self-esteem and personal worth

This consuming awareness of inadequacy can be seen everywhere, in every neighbourhood, in every home and on the campuses of all schools. It is particularly true of today’s adolescents. They are fighting an inner torment and confusion, experiencing a crushing awareness of their own inferiority due to the killing competition and our bad school examination system.

It is not difficult to feel low and pessimistic for even the students with 75% and more are not sure of college admissions. The grief at times turns into depression leading to unfortunate consequences.

A vast majority of those between twelve and seventeen years of age are bitterly disappointed with who they are and what they represent. In a world that worships superstars, they look in the mirror for signs, of greatness and see only failures. Most of these discouraged young people will not admit how they feel
because it hurts to express their inner thoughts.

The current topic of self-doubt has resulted from a totally unjust and unnecessary system of evaluating human-worth. This system is prevalent in our society. Not everyone is deemed worthy, not everyone is accepted. Instead we reserve our praise and admiration for a select few who have been blessed from birth with characteristics we value. It is a vicious system. We as parents must counter balance its impact. All children are created worthy and must be given the right to personal respect and dignity.

Have you ever reflected, how effectively and how unknowingly we teach our children that worthiness and social approach are beyond their reach? By glorifying models, to which few can conform, we have created a vast army of ‘have nots’- born losers who are discouraged with life before it has really begun.

The matter of personal worth is not only the concern of those who lack it. In a nutshell the health of an entire society depends on the ease with which its individual members can gain personal acceptance. Thus
whenever keys of self esteem are seemingly out of reach for a large percentage of the kids, they get into a behaviour pattern which becomes an issue.

Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. We must have it, and when it is unattainable, everybody suffers.

I am sure by a proper use of parental influence and direction; we can provide our children with the inner strength necessary to survive the obstacles they may face. We can together open the road to self-esteem and personal worth. We can teach them to reconstruct the world. Some will learn to change the world others will learn to change themselves for the world.

Let’s keep the munchkins stress-free

Dr Shayama Chona

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