How important is self esteem in the creation of healthy, loving relationships?
I believe that your self esteem issues affect your partner(s). It is their self esteem that bounces their reaction at you upward or downward. Downward spirals are not fun.
How is self esteem furthered where it is insufficient?
Addressing our feelings of insufficiency, and working to advance whatever that underlying cause is.
On a scale of 0 -10, with 0 being the least and 10 being the most of healty self esteem, where is your average placement on the scale over the last year?
As accurate as any self rating system can be (compounded with interpretation by another) ... I'd say a 7.
Has your placement on that scale changed in recent time?
About 8 months ago, it spiked up then way down. It took a few months to come back up.
If yes, why/how do you think it has changed?
Simply, I vested too much of my emotions into someone that really didn't want them, and did not communicate well at all.