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    Hi everybody,

    Could you tell me a synonym for the word measure in the following please?
    "self esteem is a measure of the mental picture that we hold of ourselves."

    Many thanks

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    grade could be used instead of measure

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    hi malta,
    would you have another synonym for that?
    Thank you

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    Re: self-esteem

    How about

    reflection
    indicator?

    Rephrased:
    Self esteem mirrors the mental picture that we hold of ourselves.


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    Understand that in finding a synonym, you are dealing with an emotional/subjective/poetic sentiment and phrasing, as opposed to a cold objective, scientific statement. That's the trouble with the suggested 'grade', and a word like 'yardstick' - they lack lyricism.

    Perhaps...perhaps 'touchstone'.
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    Re: self-esteem

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Could you tell me a synonym for the word measure in the following please?
    "self esteem is a measure of the mental picture that we hold of ourselves."

    Many thanks
    I think you are asking us to find a synonym for a word, "measure", that doesn't really fit well there.
    I. Q., for example, is a measure of intellgence. But although one can have low or high self-esteem, the word "self-esteem" by itself is not a measure. It only becomes a relative measure when you add words like 'high', 'good' or 'low' before "self-esteem".

    I say the above realizing that the word 'esteem' by itself has a positive meaning, and realizing that if you say 'She has self esteem.', it means that she has good/high self-esteem.

    Maybe you want to say something like, "Self-esteem" (means)(refers to) the mental picture that we hold of ourselves.

    Is the sentence you gave us your sentence, or did you find it somewhere?

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    hi 2006,
    I read that.
    "psycologists,therapists,counsellors and mental health professionals generally agree that our personal self esteem is a measure of the mental picture that we hold of ourselves"

    many thanks

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    Hi David,
    I think he meant an instrument for measuring.
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    hi 2006,
    I read that.
    "psycologists,therapists,counsellors and mental health professionals generally agree that our personal self esteem is a measure of the mental picture that we hold of ourselves"

    many thanks
    I see. Then my thinking will change. That's why you should always copy the whole sentence, not just a part of it. Don't be lazy!
    "(they) generally agree that our presonal self-esteem is a measure of the mental picture that we hold of ourselves."
    There "a measure" means 'one measure'.
    So we can say, '..(they) generally agree that our personal self-esteem is a/one (measure)(component)(aspect)(part)(piece) of the mental picture...'.

    I'll be interested in any further comments by the previous contributors.

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    Re: self-esteem

    hi 2006,
    Do you consider self esteem as one aspect of the mental picture that you hold of yourself?
    isn't self esteem a way of measuring the mental picture that we hold of ourselves (usually in a very unconscious way)?

    Regards,

    Carla

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