What is the theory behind this How Do People See Me? worksheet?
Rosenberg has defined self esteem as an individual’s positive evaluation of the self. So a person with high self esteem values and respects his own worth. On the contrary people with low self esteem judge themselves negatively leading to an overall general belief that they are unworthy and incapable.
A number of factors can determine one’s self esteem including the quality of our interpersonal interactions and our social circle. According to the ‘Self Verification Theory’, the way we see ourselves is largely dependent on how we are treated by others.This means self esteem is determined by more than just our evaluations of our capabilities but also how others see us.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help you understand your client’s insight about the perceptions of others about them. This insight can provide vital information about the quality of their social interactions and how that is affecting their own self concept or self esteem. The responses can be probed further in therapy sessions.
How to use the worksheet?
Instruct your client to fill in the spaces with what they think others think about them . They can be specific about particular relationships, situational settings or social situations such as workplace, neighbourhood, home etc.
How Do People See Me? Worksheet
You can generally write what people think about you. If you want, you can also specify particular relationships or social situations and how you are viewed differently in each.
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Jhangiani , R., Tarry, H & Stagnor, C. (2022) 3.2 The Feeling Self: Self-Esteem.In Principles of social psychology (1st international H5P edition). BCcampus.
You can download this worksheet here.