You're words? I'm touch. At the right time it's electricity.
So at wiki they define self-esteem in two parts: belief & emotions. And in my case I seem to have the high self-esteem beliefs (though sometimes I beat myself up over not being more contemplative) but not the emotions part. So I'd put it like this...I think you can have pretty decent self-esteem - knowing you're worthy of love and respect - whilst also being incredibly down about not getting it, or feeling that you're not getting it.
I hear this phrase a lot "love yourself", I think I know what it means but how do you define it?I suppose it's possible. Perhaps you love yourself and thus have moderate to high self-esteem, and you perceive yourself to be unloved by others yet you have no negative feelings towards it.