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Self-Esteem in the Workplace

One of the important personality factors is self-esteem. Each of us values him/herself and makes positive or negative conclusions based on his/her own self-esteem results. They affect the person's further decisions and behavior (e.g. his/her aspirations for promotion).

At the same time, not all societies accept open expressions of self-esteem. Let us consider you saying to your colleagues: "I am likely the best Java programmer in this company."

Presume for now that your statement is correct. Discuss the following questions:
A) How would your colleagues probably react to such a statement of yours?
B) Is their expected (positive or negative) reaction the local cultural habit in your company or is it a wider position common for people in your country?
C) If your opinion is opposite to the common view, what makes you certain about the rightness of your position?

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A) How would your colleagues probably react to such a statement of yours?

Most probably, my colleagues would react negatively to the statement because even if it is correct, they will think of it subjectively. They will think that it is a way of boasting or bragging of someone's perceived ability. If the statement is right that the speaker is the best Java programmer in the company, a few will probably agree but even if they agree, most of them will still react negatively and talk about it.
B) Is their expected (positive or negative) reaction the local cultural habit in your company or is it a wider position common for people in your country?

The expected negative reaction is a local cultural habit in our country. Most people in our country have the culture of people not being used to acknowledging their own talents and strengths. Whenever someone says something like this, the common reaction is that one is boasting or bragging. It can also be a way of showing shyness. Others think that acknowledging what's good in someone should be done by other people. They rather listen to praises than tell others how good they are at a certain thing. There will be instances that they are shy to accept expressions of admiration from others. An example of this would be when someone says, "Hey Mary, you have a nice dress ...

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The solution discusses the probable reaction of some colleagues if someone says, "I am likely the best Java programmer in this company." The reaction is analyzed as positive or negative and if it is a local cultural habit in the company or common in the people in the country. Reference included.

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