What Is Self-Image? How To Improve Your Self-Image & Benefits

what is self image

Self-image is the main factor which determines – how we feel about ourselves. Improving your self-image will bring peace in your mind by avoiding many life problems.

In this post, you will know about how to improve your self-image and 5 benefits of having a positive self-image.

Everyday day we meet many people.

If you notice then you’ll see that – people who mainly focuses on their strengths and have positive thoughts have better self-confidence and they are happy with their career.

Developing a positive self-image can help you to understand and value your own unique qualities and feel complete the way you are.

Then let’s get started.

What is self-image?

Self-image is how you think and feel about yourself. Basically, when you think about yourself… the images and feeling that comes in your mind is your self-image.

Self-image definition according to Wikipedia

  • Self-image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about themself, either from personal experiences or by internalizing the judgments of others.”

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Many people get confused and think – self-esteem and self-image is the same thing. But it’s not.

Difference Between self-esteem & self- image in short

Your self-esteem is mainly driven by how you are feeling emotionally during a particular point in time in your life.

Where self-image is how you perceive yourself.

Positive feedback fuels self-esteem and right or ethical work fuels self-image.

Positive feedback from many people boosts your self-esteem. But your self-image can be poor… if you use some not so good tactics to get the results that others don’t know… but deep down inside you know it’s not fair.

In that case, your self-esteem can be high but your self-image will be lower.

5 Ways a positive self-image helps you to live a better life

1. A positive self-image gives you better emotional stability

What people say about someone affects them emotionally. But most of the time their words are misleading or I can say partially right at best.

Anyone can get influenced by that. But when you have a healthy self-image you know the weight of other’s words. You know that they have no idea about you… they just telling what ‘they think’ and not what actually it is.

When you develop a healthy self-image:

  1. You know that most of your doings are right or ethical. And you are not hurting anyone or interfering with other’s right.
  2. You become much more aware of who you are and what’s your real value.

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2. Many life problems fade away

Your self-awareness remains at its peak when you have a positive self -image.

It enables you to understand better about your potential and limits.

Your plans and goals become practical and you don’t look for arbitrary goals.

It keeps you away from being Mr. perfectionist or Ms. perfectionist.  Cause everything becomes hard when you constantly strive for perfections.

3. You become a better partner

In many relationships after some time, one partner project themselves as superior. They become more demanding and needy. In some cases, they also take all those efforts from other partners as ‘granted’.

It’s totally bad for any good relationship. That other person will only accept it according to their tolerance. But there remains a high chance that the relationship can’t strive for long.

A better self-image helps you understand about others needs and you focus more on nourishing the relationship.

4. Life becomes happier

This comes as a by-product of above three.

When you have better emotional stability, fewer problems in life and a healthy relationship with your partner…guess what happens?

You become happier in life.

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5. More accomplishments in life

It makes sense that if someone have:

  • Good self-awareness
  • practical plans and goals in life and not strives for perfection
  • In a good relationship with someone
  • And Happier.

Also, get more accomplishments in their life.

Maybe it’s not always right… that if someone good in these four, will get more accomplishments in life. But there remains a high chance.

Takeaway – start with some realistic plans

If you want to have a positive self-image from now on then you need to start with some realistic plans.

  • Note down those fields in life where you think you can improve yourself… and it will have a positive impact on how you live. Generally, most of the peoples are aware of their problems and what they are doing wrong. Many also know the solutions.

They just need to stop doing that thing in order to have a positive self-image or to make their lives better.

If you are someone who does things that you know harmful for yourself… accept the truth and stop doing it. Immediately. Because you know if you don’t stop now in future it will become even harder to change.

  • Also when you already started some good changes in life and stopping your bad habits you need to remember this… Change what you can and let go of what you can’t. Just don’t get stuck by giving yourself the excuse of doing everything perfectly and being a perfectionist.

You can always solve a critical problem later when you already improved yourself in other fields in life. Change what you can, now.

  • When you are just starting or making something … don’t compare it with others. Their works can look better than yours but it’s not in the starting phase…but yours is… so do your thing and improve your craft gradually.

Don’t take other’s critics and opinions too seriously… 99% of them don’t know the context of it or have knowledge about your real problems and what you are doing.

Every day try to achieve something or do some meaningful work every day.

At last, you need to understand that we all make plans and most of the time we get less than what we have expected (sometimes even after we’ have given our best.) Don’t get demotivated with it… keep moving. Just don’t stop looking for opportunities to make positive changes in your life.

If you follow all these you’ll start developing a positive self-image. Your opinions are most welcome in the comment section.

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