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Quiz: Assess Your Self-Esteem

How do you feel about yourself? If you were someone else, would you be your friend? Here’s a simple self-esteem quiz. It was developed by Melba W. Benson, PhD, an educator and coach in Arlington, TX. It’s reprinted here with her permission.

Rate each of the items below on the following scale:

3 = Always

2 = Over half of the time

1 = Occasionally

0 = Never

When someone compliments me:, I don’t have any difficulty accepting the compliment. _____

When I meet a person for the first time, I see his/her positive qualities first. _____

I feel good about myself and my abilities. _____

When confronted by a new situation, I view it as an opportunity or challenge._____

I can close my eyes and see myself accomplishing my goals. _____

When confronted with a problem, I engage in positive thinking and/or planning._____

If asked, people would describe me as a positive person. _____

I develop plans and work toward my goals. _____

I believe my actions have a great deal to do with my happiness/success in life._____

Total Points: _____

Interpretation:

23-27: Great self-esteem. You feel good about yourself and your capabilities. You are an optimist with positive attitudes.

18-22: Good self-esteem. Usually you feel good about yourself and your capabilities. Overall you are an optimist with positive attitudes.

14-17: Moderate self-esteem. There are times when you experience self-doubt. You vary between being an optimist and a pessimist, but you tend to be more positive than negative.

9-13: Diminished self-esteem. There are times when you experience self-doubts. You vary between being an optimist and a pessimist, but you tend to be more negative than positive.

0-8: Negative self-esteem. You do not feel good about yourself and your capabilities. You are a pessimist who usually has negative attitudes.


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