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The Teen Guide to Feeling Good About Yourself

Learn how to grow your self-esteem and confidence


Self-esteem and confidence can go a long way during your teenage years and beyond. Unfortunately, a lot of teens struggle with self-doubt, worries about their appearance and low self-esteem. Learn what self-esteem and confidence are and how to start building them.

1. What Are Self-Esteem and Confidence?

You may have heard the words "self-esteem" and "confidence," but do you really know what they mean? More importantly, have you got 'em, and do you know how to build them?

2. Building Confidence and Self-Esteem

No one's born with tons of confidence. It's something you develop over time. Your teenage years are the perfect time to develop some lifelong habits of encouraging yourself, setting goals and carrying yourself with pride and self-respect. The first step is getting in touch with who you are and making note of what makes you special.

3. Identifying Low Self-Esteem

Sometimes things go wrong in our lives, or we simply lose faith in ourselves. Sometimes our self-esteem goes down the drain, too. Learning how to recognize the signs of low self-esteem begins with getting in touch with the way you respond to different situations. How do you feel when you walk into a room? Do you see it as an opportunity, or do you feel like everyone's looking at you critically?

Your attitude toward each new situation is key in overcoming low self-esteem. Ending negative self-talk -- those times when you cut yourself down or tell yourself you're going to fail -- is a building block for raising your self-esteem to a healthier level.

4. Using Confidence To Make a Great First Impression

Once you've got a good amount of confidence and self-esteem, you can use them to your advantage in all sorts of situations. One great way to use them is to make a great first impression when you go on a date, make a new friend or interview for a job.

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