Interdisciplinary Learning Courses

Self-esteem: development and empowerment

Self-esteem: development and empowerment Self-esteem: development and empowerment
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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesSelf-esteem: development and empowerment

A healthy self-esteem is the foundation of your personal well-being. It is key in gaining freedom and autonomy, and thus being able to give a satisfactory response to any circumstance.

In this course, you will learn what is necessary to improve your self-esteem, connect with your own resources and achieve your goals.

This subject is aimed at cultivating healthy self-esteem, providing us with resources that allow us to gain self-knowledge, security in our abilities and in our decisions, and that facilitate our communication with others, fostering good interpersonal relationships.

Learning Objectives

  • Approach the concept of self-esteem from the different current perspectives, and understand the importance and usefulness of this construct.
  • Know how self-esteem is acquired, what are the factors that influence it throughout development, and establish the student's level.
  • Acquire the necessary resources and skills to improve self-esteem.

Contents of the Subject

Self-esteem: development and empowerment

  • 1. Presentation of the subject. Self-esteem and self-concept. Measurement of one's own levels of self-esteem: starting point.
  • 2. Sources of self-esteem. On what do we base feeling more or less appreciation for ourselves? The hidden side of high self-esteem.
  • 3. Dimensions of self-esteem. Aspects that contribute to a better functioning: fragile self-esteem vs. confident self-esteem. Analysis of the weight of the different factors at the individual level.
  • 4. Identification of one's own strengths and areas for improvement. Appreciation of one's own achievements. Living with clear a purpose and well-defined objectives.
  • 5. Active search for happiness and well-being. Attending and take care of your own physical and psychological needs. Sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • 6. Healthy self-esteem and positive relationships with others. Communication styles as indicators of the level of self-esteem. Practical exercises.
  • 7. Empathy towards ourselves. Changing the self-critical dialogue. Practice self-compassion and self-forgiveness. Responsibility vs. fault.
  • 8. Working with the different selves, identifying their needs. Increasing confidence through empowering postures.
  • 9. Techniques to learn to live in the here and now, accepting internal and external reality, without spending time ruminating on past mistakes, or worrying about the future.
  • 10. Awareness of one's own feelings, both positive and negative, identifying the different levels at which they manifest.
  • 11. Separating the person from their negative emotions and thoughts about themselves.
  • 12. Working on limiting beliefs. Learning to focus on your own resources.
  • 13. Presenting adverse situations as learning opportunities. Accepting the things that cannot be changed and changing what needs to be resolved.
  • 14. Increasing self-efficacy for problem solving. Facing challenges. Frustration tolerance.
  • 15. Ideal self and self-regulation.


Elisabeth Neckenig Bramon Professor of Self-esteem: development and empowerment

Elisabeth Neckenig Bramon

She is a psychologist, with a Bachelor's Degree in Labor Sciences and a PhD in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is an expert in Mindfulness for clinical and social intervention through the Official College of Psychologists of Madrid. Advanced course in Emotional Intelligence (C.O.P., Madrid). She is an expert in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis from the Erickson Institute of Madrid. She trained in T.E.P.T. with Eric Wermeter; Pain Management with Mark Jensen; Brain Change Therapy with Kershaw and Wade; Personal growth and metaphors with N. and P. Barretta; Neuroscience, hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness with A. A. Simpkins.
She began her professional career in the advertising field, a sector in which she worked for over eight years. She currently combines training in companies and teaching at Nebrija University with psychotherapy in her private practice.