Jul 23, · Whether you’ve struggled with self-esteem in the past, or you simply want to find little ways to make yourself happier, positive affirmations should be part of your daily routine. Positive Affirmations for Self-Esteem. Start and end every day with a selection from this list of positive affirmations for self-esteem. “If a man, who says he loves you, won’t tell you the details of a private conversation between him and another woman you can be sure he is not protecting your heart. He is protecting himself and the women he has feelings for. Wise women simply see things as they are, not as their low self-esteem allows.” ― Shannon L. Alder. Jan 18, · The mention of esteem may bring to mind the fourth level of Maslow’s pyramid: esteem needs.. While these needs and the concept of self-esteem are certainly related, Maslow’s esteem needs are more focused on external measures of esteem, such as respect, status, recognition, accomplishment, and prestige (McLeod, ).