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Stories, Games and Articles for EL, Issue -- Self-esteem Game
December 22, 2008
Self-esteem Game - A Game To Demonstrate Or Practice Building Self-esteem
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Self-esteem Game - A Game To Demonstrate Or Practice Building Self-esteemSelf-Esteem is considered an important component of emotional health, self-esteem encompasses both self-confidence and self-acceptance. It is the way individuals perceive themselves and their self-value.
Self-esteem is the way individuals think and feel about themselves and how well they do things that are important to them. In children, self-esteem is shaped by what they think and feel about themselves.
Their self-esteem is highest when they see themselves as approximating their "ideal" self, the person they would like to be.
Children who have high self-esteem have an easier time handling conflicts, resisting negative pressures, and making friends. They laugh and smile more and have a generally optimistic view of the world and their life.
Positive self-esteem is viewing yourself as a competent and worthy person, and feeling good about yourself. Regular aerobic exercise can enhance self-esteem.
Lack of self-esteem is often associated with being overweight; this is reinforced by the media which portray thinness as essential for success, health, and wealth.
Low self-esteem can result in not caring about how one looks, and not bothering to eat well or exercise. Excessive eating and drinking may be pursued as a means of escape from feelings of worthlessness.
Many people, particularly women, seek sweet foods, especially chocolates, when they are feeling low. These so-called ‘comfort’ foods may alter mood by changing brain chemistry.
For example, carbohydrate-rich foods increase the concentrations of an amino acid, tryptophan, within the brain. The tryptophan is a building block of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which relieves depression and reduces irritability.
Self-esteem can be enhanced by thinking positively: by focusing on successes rather than failures and concentrating on your good points rather than on what you think of as bad points.
An Activity to demonstrate/practice building self-esteem
Compliment the person
This is a game that builds self-esteem. This game can be played with a group of people who know each other reasonably well. For this game a chair is kept in the centre of the room.
Participants can either sit or stand in front of the chair in a semi circle. Write the names of allparticipants on slips of paper, fold the slips and put them in a bowl. Toss the slips to mix them up. Pick a name randomly. Ask this person to sit in the chair.
The rest of the group has to take turns to give this person a compliment. You can play this game for everybody in the group if the aim of your training is to build: self-esteem/team-spirit/the habit of seeking to see the positive things in a human being/the ability to receive compliments and be thankful for the positive manifestations of your personality on the group etc.
You can manage the time by restriciting the compliments to ten. However, if the aim of the game is to just to demonstrate the above concepts you can play this game for about three to five subjects.
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