Je höher unser Selbstbewusstsein ist, desto stärker ist unser Drang, uns auszudrücken. Je niedriger unser Selbstbewusstsein, desto mehr fühlen wir den Drang uns 'beweisen' zu müssen.
The higher our self-esteem, the stronger the drive to express ourselves, reflecting the sense of richness within. The lower our self-esteem, the more urgent the need to 'prove' ourselves - or to forget ourselves by living mechanically and unconsciously.SelbstbewusstseinNathaniel Branden in The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
If I respect myself and require that others deal with me respectfully, I send out signals and behave in ways that increase the likelihood that others will respond appropriately. When they do, I am reinforced and confirmed in my initial belief. If I lack self-respect and consequently accept discourtesy, abuse, or exploitation from others as natural, I unconsciously transmit this, and some people will treat me at my self-estimate. When this happens, and I submit to it, my self-respect deteriorates still more.SelbstbewusstseinNathaniel Branden in The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem