Indigenous psychology is a branch of study that is trending nowadays, especially between researchers in Psychology Study. The purpose of this research is to discover the meaning of badik and self-esteem in the teenagers that carries them at Gowa Residence. This research is using qualitative methods with phenomenology approach, and the reason is because this research have certain characteristic suited with it, and be expected to delve deeper regarding self-esteem of the teenagers that carries badik, in this case five person acting as a sample. Data collection shows that self-esteem of the teenagers that carries badik around in Gowa Residence occurred at high level. Subjects felt more capable, superior, and acceptable when they carries badik around. Badik itself were a tools used to gain confidence and self-esteem to its carrier, because badik can also be used to defend and protect themselves. The knowledges of it were received by them from their parents and friends. Badik is a culture heritage, and considered to have a certain aura that can influence the characters of their carrier, resulting in changes on their self-esteem. It is expected that the subject of this research to understand more the true meaning of badik and self-esteem within them, so that their confidence wouldn’t relied too much in badik. The Government also need to formulate individual and society development program using indigenous approach, and with that would spark synergy between themselves and the culture of the society.
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