Self Esteem

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Low Self-Esteem

Self-esteem relates to how we evaluate our self-worth and is determined by the judgements we make about ourselves. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Healthy Self-Esteem?

People with healthy self-esteem:

  • Can recognise their strengths and put their weaknesses in perspective
  • Feel confident to make their own decisions (even when others don’t agree with their choices)
  • Can be assertive and balance their own needs and wants with the needs and wants of others
  • Ask for help when they need it, and say no to others when they’re over-worked
  • Feel confident and self-assured in social situations

What Are The Symptoms Of Low Self-Esteem?

In contrast, people with low self-esteem:

  • Seek reassurance from others when making decisions
  • Feel worthless and criticise themselves constantly
  • Seek approval from others
  • Sacrifice their own wants and needs to fulfill the wants and needs of others
  • Find it hard to say no to people
  • Focus on their weaknesses and ignore their strengths
  • Avoid trying new things to avoid failure or embarrassment
  • Feel insecure in social situations or situations where they’re being evaluated (e.g. work presentations)

How you see yourself affects every aspect of your life. Negative self-talk can hold you back in your career, stop you from developing meaningful relationships, and make you vulnerable to anxiety and depression. If confidence has been a barrier to you achieving what you want to achieve in your life, it might be worthwhile to seek the advice of a clinical psychologist. A clinical psychologist can help you to rebuild your self-esteem so that you can be successful in achieving your goals.