A collection of random (and always changing) definitions
When you're told for many years who you are, what you should be thinking, how you should see the world and yourself, then it is very likely that your self image will be off. You might perceive yourself one way, usually in the negative, for example weak. Other people might see you as strong. Sometimes the self image is strongly tied to the Pseudo Personality people develop while in a cult. It is usually shaped after the cult leader. It might take help from a counselor with knowledge of mind control, to sort out what actions you feel like were propelled by your own motivations, and what traits you only took on because of extreme pressure of the leader.
The most damaging part of abuse is that often, it comes from people who we love and trust. Someone that we completely opened up to, trampled on our most private thoughts and feelings, and tried to destroy our core self.
Core self-evaluations (CSE) represent a stable personality trait which encompasses an individual's subconscious, fundamental evaluations about themselves, their own abilities and their own control. People who have high core self-evaluations will think positively of themselves and be confident in their own abilities. Conversely, people with low core self-evaluations will have a negative appraisal of themselves and will lack confidence. The concept of core self-evaluations was first examined by Judge, Locke, and Durham (1997)and involves four personality dimensions; locus of control, neuroticism, generalized self-efficacy, and self-esteem.
Locus of Control
In personality psychology, locus of control refers to the extent to which individuals believe they can control events affecting them. Understanding of the concept was developed by Julian B. Rotter in 1954, and has since become an aspect of personality studies. Wikipedia