Journal Writing Improves Self-Esteem
Journaling can help a young person define their self-concept which will have a positive effect on their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Our self-concept is how we see and believe in ourselves. It is the perception we have of ourselves. Our self-concept and self-esteem are intimately related. How we see ourselves directly determines how we feel about ourselves. Our self-concept has more strength in bolstering our self-esteem and protecting it, than do the perceptions of those around us. This, at least, should be the way it is.
But here’s the bottom line: the more solid and grounded a person’s self-concept is the stronger that person’s self-esteem will be.
Journaling helps us develop our self-concept because we are providing ourselves with the privilege of getting to know ourselves. We have all entered into friendships and relationships with other people. At first we go through an introductory period. Then over time we develop a closer bond of some form or other. This same principle applies to us as we write in our journal. At first we go through an introductory phase with ourselves, writing maybe more about others than ourselves. But over time and through daily writing, we begin to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Journaling can help the pre-teen develop a healthy self-concept and belief system. The journaling pre-teen should identify and write about all the qualities, talents and traits they know they have.
They should also write about what they believe and don’t believe in. This activity will help them to create an internal belief system and develop a fairly accurate self-concept. A high self-esteem and confidence is the result of a good self-concept and a sound belief system.
When writing in a journal about successes, along with the thoughts and feelings related to those experiences, the pre-teen can build more confidence in themselves.
In acquiring an understanding of ourselves and our place in the world a young person’s self-concept is constantly challenged as its stability develops. If a pre-teen has a poor self-concept then they will be more prone to be influenced by the perceptions of those around them, especially by their peers.
The bottom line here is that the perceptions of others do mean something, but they are not what define us. We do that. We define ourselves. When a pre-teen uses a journal to define themselves their self-esteem and confidence will increase and they will be less susceptible to peer perceptions and pressure.