When we are teenagers, we often feel ashamed and afraid to do the things we want, fearing that others will think it is embarrassing. As we wait to grow up, maybe in our 20s, we finally feel more secure than ever.
However, a study that looked at research articles covering some 165,000 participants found that our 20s are not really the age when our self-esteem is at its peak.
We were intrigued to learn at what age we were (or will have) the highest self-esteem. So, let’s see what the study says about it!
5. Children’s Self-esteem Grows
Self-esteem increases over a period of 4 to 11 years, according to research. One possible reason for this is that children begin to feel more and more independent during this time.
And as they learn to do things for themselves, it helps them increase their self-confidence.
4. Adults’ Self-esteem Increases
Some previous studies have found that self-esteem decreases in adolescence. It was thought to have something to do with being a transitional period.
Adolescents begin attending high school and experience emotional and physical changes that can affect their self-esteem.
They may also start comparing themselves to others more often and feel uncomfortable.
However, this research suggests that, between the ages of 11 and 15, self-esteem levels do not change. Also, at age 15, self-esteem begins to rise dramatically.
3. Adults’ Self-esteem Increases
Self-esteem also continues to grow into adulthood. During that time, we develop mature personality traits. This is because we assume new social roles that require us to be more responsible, conscientious, and emotionally stable.
So when we are in a relationship, or we have a job or we become parents, that makes us enhance those mature characteristics. And this, in turn, improves our self-esteem.
2. Here’s When Self-esteem Reaches Its Peak
Between the ages of 60 and 70, people reach their highest level of self-esteem. After that, however, it starts to decline slightly and then declines dramatically after age 90.
This may have something to do with the fact that they lose their partners and their social roles. Unfortunately, this can cause depression, certain disorders, and affect your general well-being.
1. Levels Of Self-esteem Can Vary
There were no significant differences in self-esteem patterns between gender, ethnicity, or even generations. However, self-esteem can change in both the short and long term, depending on what is happening in our lives.
Our success at work, our personal life, and other stressful events can affect our self-esteem. But despite these fluctuations, the same pattern described by the researchers can still be seen.
Did you notice the same pattern of how your self-esteem has changed in your life? When have you felt most confident so far?