Is it bad to think highly of yourself?

Alyssa C.
Posted: 12-23-2011
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According to dictionary.com "ego" can be defined as conceit, self-importance, self-esteem, or self-image. Most people use the word ego with a negative connotation, but is it really such a bad thing? After all, we all are somewhat expected to brag about ourselves during a job interview and most people find confidence to be an attractive character trait. But how did we get from confidence and full trust in oneself being an attractive quality to an ego being an unattractive quality? And where do we draw the line?

On top of the confusion is the media. With magazines advertising photo-shopped faces and constantly coming up with new beauty solutions to fix our "problems" in natural appearance, what are we to believe? With the media telling consumers that we are never good enough, always needing to buy more products to be up-to-date, and society telling us that having an ego is a negative thing, I think it is more important than ever to seek a balanced and accurate self-image.

Every individual has an unmatched combination of genes; you have things that are unique and especially beautiful about you that aren’t quite found in anyone else. However, we must see the good with the bad. Everyone also has faults and personal struggles. In essence no, it isn’t bad to think highly of yourself and your strengths-as long as you take the time to realize your weaknesses as well. With a correct self-image, one can obtain an attractive level of both confidence (in strengths) and humbleness (in weaknesses).

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