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Low Self Esteem

Low Self Esteem

Low Self Esteem describes a lack of confidence in one’s ability to perform and their low sense of self-worth as an individual. Low self-esteem, a cause and symptom of depression, anxiety and anger problems, has become the modern pariah.

Self-esteem does indeed affect every action of an individual and it may be worth everyone’s while to figure out if she /he suffers from low self-esteem. Child experts say low self-esteem can also be caused from well-meaning, but misdirected parents, who focus on perfectionism or their child being a top performer at anything.

Esteem and respect are linked to status in the social hierarchy, and to put someone down can have tangible and even life-threatening consequences.

Self-esteem was lowest in patients with major depressive disorder, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

A negative self-image (or low self-esteem) can lead to problems such as insomnia, a bad temper, chronic shyness, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, dysfunctional relationships, through to severe depression and even thoughts of suicide. It can affect all aspects of our lives: it can contribute to our fear of rejection (which causes us to avoid closeness); make us respond to loved ones with anger and defensiveness; keep us from communicating our true feelings; keep us isolated, unable to be vulnerable; and affect our physical health by causing digestive disorders or high blood pressure.

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