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Facing the self-esteem challenge

Media campaigns such as Doves Campaign for Real Beauty and Movement for Self-Esteem are national platforms for increasing self-esteem in women and youth. On a local level, Somerset Community College recently conducted a free workshop to combat the increasing problem of low self-esteem by focusing on communication and the role it plays in self-respect.

According to Dr. Mike Searcy, professor of communication in the Division of Arts and Humanities at SCC, electronics and technology have played a role in decreasing self-esteem, especially among teens and young adults.

It has been my contention that low self-esteem is an ever increasing problem, said Searcy. We have enculturated an American society that has more consistently used electronics as a substitute for social interaction and this has caused us to question our own abilities. We spend too much time in social comparison with often fictitious internet peers and this has stunted much of our interpersonal interaction time with real human beings and has caused much of our current generation to question their worth.

Searcy, who has been teaching public speaking and communication classes for 20 years, recently led sessions on self-esteem at the SCC campuses in Somerset, McCreary, Clinton and Russell Counties. More than 100 people attended the sessions, which were sponsored by the centers and Student Support Services.
Searcy said the goal of the sessions was to provide the participants with solid ideas and tools they could use to take control of their own self-esteem.

Self-esteem is within our own grasp to control, if we only apply the tools, said Searcy. I was happy to see so many people take the time to learn about mastering these tools.

A participant in the session wrote, My eyes were opened wide with Dr. Searcys teaching on the way we think and the words we use every day. My goal is to stop [using the word] dont and choose my words carefully.

SCCs Student Support Services will be hosting additional seminars in November. All are free and open to the public. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Mindful Listening, presented by Dr. Mike Searcy

    • Clinton: October 31 at 2 p.m.

    • Russell: November 1 at 2 p.m.

    • McCreary: November 2 at 2 p.m.

    • Somerset: November 3 at 9:30 a.m.; Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons

  • Non-verbal Communication by Ron Mace; November 8 at 2 p.m.; Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons

  • Basic Conflict Management by Dr. Searcy

    • Clinton: November 14 at 2 p.m.

    • Russell: November 15 at 2 p.m.

    • McCreary: November 16 at 2 p.m.

    • Somerset: November 18 at 9 a.m.; Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons

  • Financial Aid Assistance by Shaun Anderson; November 30 from 2 to 3 p.m.; Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.

SIDEBAR: The Ten Commandments of Self-Esteem Improvement by Dr. Mike Searcy

1. I will be aware and recognize my communication patterns.
2. I will take control of my own mental programming through my self-talk and language choices.
3. I will commit to positive change.
4. I will interrupt my negative patterns of communicative behavior.
5. I will change my self-talk to frame the person I know I can be rather than the person others have chosen me to be.
6. I will surround myself with positive people who affirm me and who are happy at my successful accomplishments.
7. I will be a positive person who affirms others and is happy at their successful accomplishments.
8. I will choose to watch positive programming on TV or other forms of selected media and read positive books.
9. I will seek out and emulate positive role models.
10. I will take note and congratulate myself daily on my own progress.