Answers for Teens

Return to List of Questions

Isn’t a Healthy Self-Image the Same as Pride?

It can be. Keep in mind, however, there are two types of self-images. When you see yourself as God sees you, you have a healthy self-image. A healthy self-image is very positive. Yet it is very humble because it recognizes its source—the Lord Jesus Christ.

The second type of self-image is an unhealthy self-image. People who have an unhealthy self-image can be divided into two groups: negative and positive. Those with a negative self-image think poorly about themselves. Those with a positive self-image think good of themselves. But their self-worth is based on the world’s system: looks, abilities, intelligence and the like. When people think well about themselves based on the world’s system, they may very well struggle with pride.

Taken from The Teenage Q&A Book, p. 59