Self-Perception and Self-Worth

For many reasons people fail to perceive themselves as having value or worth to God, to themselves, or to others. Generally, negative self-perceptions develop in people as a result of their being treated in ways that cause them to feel devalued by significant people in their lives. Unless these perceptions are changed, self-devaluation will worsen over time.

Negative perceptions that begin in childhood are difficult to replace with positive perceptions in adulthood. The best time to examine and evaluate self-worth is before self-perceptions become strong and solidified.

The more a person was rejected, the more (s)he rejected him/herself and those around him/her. His/Her greatest need was to have someone accept him/her and value him/her as a person, to heal his/her emotional wounds, and cause him/her to see his/her significance. That Someone turned out to be the true Healer of the brokenhearted. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)