The Effects of Meditation on Self-esteem- Research Findings

What is Self-esteem, Self-confidence?

Self-esteem is an individual’s personal evaluation of their own value. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself (for example, « I am unloved », « I am worthy ») as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. Smith and Mackie (2007) defined it by saying « The self-concept is what we think about the self; self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.

The idea of self-confidence is generally used as self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc. One’s self confidence increases from experiences of having satisfactorily completed particular activities. It is a positive belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do.

Self-confidence is not the same as self-esteem, which is an evaluation of one’s own worth, whereas self-confidence is more specifically trust in one’s ability to achieve some goal, which one meta-analysis suggested is similar to generalization of self-efficacy. Abraham Maslow and many others after him have emphasized the need to distinguish between self-confidence as a generalized personality characteristic, and self-confidence with respect to a specific task, ability or challenge (i.e. self-efficacy).

Idea of two words looks same, but there is slight difference between both of words. the former means emotional thing and the latter means more like ability things. so, how meditation can help people to have great self-esteem and self-confidence?

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Benefits of meditation for self-esteem and self-confidence

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Meditation for self-esteem

What is the factor of low self-esteem? It is having a negative mind for himself. Till now, we have been experienced many things and in the process, we made a variety of thoughts and minds inside us such as tiredness, helplessness, hate, sadness, inferiority, regret, anxiety, worry, anger.. many negative thoughts and minds… all those things made us be low self-esteem.

Meditation is getting rid of our minds and thoughts. by eliminating our negative thoughts, we can let go of all the thoughts and minds that make us fall into the despair, anxiety, melancholy, fear.

If we have no negative minds in our mind, we can totally get out of the all the negative thoughts about myself, others, world, etc.. and start respect myself sincerely. Then our Self-esteem must increase of itself.

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Meditation for self-confidence

What is the factor of low self-confidence? It is getting various thoughts which is not only negative minds. of course, negative minds prevent us from having the ability to solve the problems, but also all the thoughts make human stay in their own mind world which is totally different world from original world and it connect to do nothing in action, which makes less ability. then it brings up low self-confidence.

To build a high self-confidence, we have got to let go of all the thoughts which are not crucial now in our present and we can only do what we need to do in the present situation, which is most crucial thing in our life. Meditation is the key solution for that life.

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Research about effects of meditation for self-esteem and adaptability

Here is the research about effects of meditation for self-esteem and adaptability in some environment. You can see how meditation can help for our self-esteem and adaptability.

Research Date


Research title

The effects of this meditation on elementary school children’s self-esteem and adaptability to school environment


Yangkyung Yu (Professor, School of Nursing, Kunsan University)
Minjung Lee (Instructor, Gimhae Nungdong Elementary School)

Research aim

The research is to identify the effects of this meditation programme on elementary school children’s self-esteem and their adaptabilities to their school environment.

Research participants and research duration

50 elementary school children in their third year
Between March 2012 to July 2012(twice per week, thirty minutes per session, 15 weeks in total).

Research procedure

At an elementary school located in K city of South Korea, 25 students who were in their 3rd year who wished to participate the experiment and whose parents also consented to their children’s participation attended this meditation session instructed by their teacher, who was a qualified meditation instructor. Another class of 25 students in their 3rd year who did not attend this meditation session was selected as the control group.


The result demonstrated an increased level of self-esteem and an increased level of adaptability to the school environment amongst the students who attended this meditation sessions. It also showed that a higher level of self-esteem resulted in a higher level of adaptability to the school environment.

a comparison on the level of adaptability to school environment before and after this meditation

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a comparison on the level of self-esteem before and after this meditation

a comparison on the level of self-esteem before and after this meditation
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