Low self-esteem comes in many forms and negatively impacts on all areas of your life!
Are you feeling like you’re different from other people around you, and feel like you don’t fit in?
Are you highly critical of yourself, blame yourself for things that go wrong, and feel inferior to others?
Do you find it difficult to see your positive qualities or achievements but you have no difficulty in spotting these things in other people.
- You can’t take compliments and when you think about who you are, you feel uncomfortable and not good enough.
- You can’t understand why people would want to spend time with you. After all, I don’t even like myself, why would others like me?
If you’re having these thoughts and feelings, you have low self-esteem.
Low self-esteem can also exist at the opposite end of the spectrum
People with low self-esteem on the opposite end of the spectrum will tend to over exaggerate their achievements, or outright lie about them. They’ll deceive others in order to hide their faults and failures. They have an over inflated opinion of themselves and believe they are better than everyone else.
Regardless of what end of the spectrum you are on, low self-esteem effects, in one way or another, all areas of your life including:
- Intimate relationships
- Work progression and career choices
- Social relationships with friends and peers
- Overall engagement in life
- Psychological, emotional and physical health
Thoughts and feelings driven by your low self-esteem can be intolerable to manage on a day to day basis, and you still need to soldier on and get the basics in life done.
If you’ve tried to talk to family or friends about your low self-esteem, you will have found it difficult, because no-one really knows how you feel and what you can do about it. Getting outside professional help will be your best option.
Give Therapy Lounge and call during business hours, after hours or on weekends. Your therapist will be able to walk you through some strategies that will help you question your thinking, and replace the old thoughts with healthier ones. It will all be at a pace that you can manage.