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Self-Esteem

  • Q&A: Cultivating a Healthy Body Image: 30 Mar 2014, Question 2
  • Question: How does a person cultivate a healthy body image? Suppose that a woman realizes that she has been unconsciously influenced by unrealistic body images – as portrayed in movies, magazines, and so on? She is basically healthy, and so it would be good for her to feel good about how she looks. But a person can't always change everything about herself: she can't change her height, however much she dislikes it. Even if a person can make changes, most people need to accept that they will never look like movie stars. So how does a person cultivate a healthy body image? How might a person notice and combat an unhealthy obsession with appearance?

    Tags: Body Image, Ethics, Fitness, Health, Self-Esteem

  • Q&A: Self-Esteem and Appearance: 24 Nov 2013, Question 2
  • Question: How is a person's appearance related to self-esteem? Should a rational person care much about his body – including height, weight, musculature, beauty, and so on? Is that second-handed somehow? How much effort should a person exert to make himself look the way he wants to look? Should a person's looks affect his self-esteem?

    Tags: Beauty, Body Image, Food, Health, Self-Esteem

  • Q&A: Self-Confidence at Work: 8 Sep 2013, Question 2
  • Question: How can a person gain the self-confidence required to ask for a promotion at work? I know some people who don't socialize much, and they really seem to struggle during interviews for promotions. They seem to lack confidence in themselves. How can they gain it? Does that kind of self-confidence depend on social acceptance and support?

    Tags: Humility, Personality, Psychology, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Work

  • Q&A: Breast Implants: 4 Nov 2012, Question 2
  • Question: What advice should I give to a friend considering breast implants? A friend of mine is considering breast implants, purely for cosmetic reasons. In other words, she's not having reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy: she just wants larger breasts. Do you think that purely cosmetic breast implant surgery is moral? Is it wise? What advice should I give her, if any?

    Tags: Body Image, Ethics, Medicine, Personal Values, Self-Esteem, Vanity

  • Q&A: The Virtue of Pride: 19 Jun 2011, Question 1
  • Question: What is the virtue of pride? To me, pride just seems like a feeling – a sense of satisfaction with oneself. So it seems bizarre to speak of pride as a virtue, as if it's something that you do. So what does it mean to say that pride is a virtue – and how is that different from self-esteem?

    Tags: Character, Emotions, Ethics, Pride, Self-Esteem


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