Low self-esteem refers to having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself. It involves judging or evaluating oneself negatively and placing a general negative value on oneself as a person.

People with low self-esteem often harbor deep-seated, basic beliefs about themselves that are unfavorable.

Here are some characteristics associated with low self-esteem:

  1. Self-Perception: Individuals with low self-esteem may not like themselves very much. They might assume that others don’t like them because they perceive themselves as unlikeable or damaged. Additionally, they may think of themselves as unlovable or unworthy of love.
  2. Persistent Negativity: Unlike temporary feelings of doubt or annoyance, low self-esteem is characterized by long-term negativity about one’s self and how they show up in the world. These negative feelings can be persistent and challenging to overcome.
  3. Causes: The roots of low self-esteem often trace back to early childhood or adolescence. Negative experiences during these formative years can contribute to a poor self-opinion. Genetics may also play a role, although research on genetic causes is limited.
  4. Early Causes: Childhood and adolescent factors that can lead to low self-esteem include ongoing harsh criticism from authority figures (such as parents or teachers), emotional distance from parents or caregivers, childhood trauma (such as parental divorce or sexual abuse), academic struggles, and feeling less attractive than the idealized images portrayed in social media.
  5. Effects: Low self-esteem can hinder enjoyment of life, impact the ability to achieve goals, and adversely affect mental and physical health. It’s essential to recognize and address these feelings to improve overall well-being.

Everyone experiences moments of doubt, but persistent negativity about oneself constitutes low self-esteem. Seeking support can help improve self-esteem and promote a healthier self-image.

This area is one of my specialties. I am a client centered, solutions based therapist.

I refer you to my website www.dragonflytherapy.co.za where you can find out more about me or contact me.

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