Self esteem is like empowerment to do something. You've got the "get up & go" and the "drive" or enthusiasm to do something. Ego has more a connotation of proud or boastful.
According to dictionaries:
Pride in oneself; self-respect; respect for or a favorable opinion of oneself
an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others; conceit;
I think some level of self-esteem is good, but ego really isn't. It's an inflated, over-done opinion of one's self.
Interesting question...I would think you would word it more as "what's the difference between self-esteem and self-confidence".
GojiJuiceGoodness hit self-esteem right on. Self-respect or Pride in one's self. Self-confidence is pride in one's abilities a little more concrete. Ego is part of Freud's model of the psyche which in short is id, ego and super-ego or instincts, concrete reality, and morals or critical thinking.
I think self esteem has something to do with being proud of yourself and having confidence. Whereas, ego is just THINKING one is better than all else
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