Low Self-Esteem

There are many things that can affect a person’s self-esteem. Low self-esteem can affect anyone at at any stage of life. Some factors contributing to low self-esteem can include:

  • Bullying
  • Criticism from others
  • Comparing oneself to others
  • Negative self talk
  • Feeling unable to live up to others’ expectations
  • Trauma

Symptoms Of Low Self-Esteem

  • Being withdrawn; social anxiety
  • A heightened need for attention
  • Easily influenced by peers
  • Overly sensitive and wounded by others
  • Negative self-perception
  • Poor coping skills (cutting, self-harm)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Treatment For Self Esteem Issues

Therapy that focuses on changing one’s thoughts and perceptions (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is effective in treating low self esteem. Learning to care for and love oneself and his or her qualities helps build confidence and self-acceptance. This is not a fast or easy process, but over time, small changes in perceptions can vastly improve one’s self-reliance and self-esteem.