Optimism, self-image, and self-esteem.Health Care Superv. 1993 Sep; 12(1):23-8.HC
Optimism is worth striving for. It may prolong your life. Our self-image is determined early in life, largely by what our parents have told us. Self-esteem is based on self-efficacy, self-respect, acceptance by others, and by our own subconscious mind.