Self Esteem with Motivational Literacy

  1. Person challenges Self
  2. Person challenged by Nature
  3. Person challenges Person
  1. There is always a risk of losing self esteem by losing the match (because someone has to be the loser).
  2. Someone has to be the loser. This is why these challenges are “zero sum” — meaning as one person gains glory the other must lose it. The system (community) as a whole does not gain in total level of esteem.
  3. Esteem gained by beating others is tenuous, lasting only until the rematch or until the next challenger steps up. This leaves even the victorious a bit insecure. And, insecurity about status is fertile ground for bullying behavior to grow in.

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