Self-Esteem Is Something, Not Someone


Self-Esteem Is Knowing Self As Something You Possess

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

7 Step Plan to Reduce Ego

Self-esteem can be understood as a claim to know self as something.

The prerequisite for knowing is owning.

  • That is, in order to claim to know, you first must claim to possess.
  • This limits self-esteem to areas in which you can have something, or at least claim to have something.
  • Therefore, self-esteem issues can concern anything that a person claims they have.

Typical areas of having, owning, of claims for possession, are:

  1. abilities
  2. accomplishments
  3. behaviors
  4. diagnoses
  5. education
  6. evaluations
  7. experiences
  8. fame
  9. feelings
  10. friends
  11. habits
  12. heritage
  13. humor
  14. intelligence
  15. knowledge
  16. likability
  17. looks
  18. memories
  19. money
  20. opinions of others
  21. personality
  22. physical appearance
  23. popularity
  24. potential
  25. power
  26. property
  27. reports
  28. sensations
  29. titles
  30. thoughts

Self Is Knowledge to Self-Esteem

  • Self-esteem claims you are what you possess, what you know.
  • Therefore, if what you have is bad, then you are bad. Conversely, if what you have is good, then you are good.
  • Hence, you become knowledge instead of a person, a being.
  • I am what I have. I know what I have. I can identify with what I know. I feel what I think I am.

5 Thoughts that Lead to Feeling Like Things, Not Like a Being

  1. I have something.
  2. I know that thing.
  3. I identify with that thing.
  4. I am that thing.
  5. I feel like that thing.

Quotations from Various Sources

“A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.” —William Hazlitt

“Self-esteem steals souls.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You are an intricate mechanism, but comparison, judgment, identification prevent comprehension.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume IV, p. 2

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