When you look into the mirror, what do you see? Do you struggle to look past your failings? Do you consistently feel like you don’t measure up when compared to others? Are you preoccupied by concerns that, if other people really knew you, they most certainly would not like you?
Low self-esteem in adults and adolescents can be a very limiting factor to their enjoyment of life and can also hold a person back from succeeding in all areas of their life. Low self-esteem is having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself, judging or evaluating oneself negatively, and placing a general negative value on oneself as a person. People with low self-esteem usually have deep-seated, basic, negative beliefs about themselves and the kind of person they are. These beliefs are often taken as facts or truths about their identity, rather than being recognized as opinions they hold about themselves. It is important to know that low self-esteem is a common problem for many people in our society – so you are not alone.
A person can develop a low opinion of themselves in a few different ways, but it is often due to their upbringing or a relationship. Abuse can trigger low self-esteem because the abuser often puts down the victim as part of asserting their emotional control over them.
Self-esteem issues can turn you from a vibrant, happy, productive member of society into a bitter, self-loathing pessimist. Your self-esteem affects everything you do because it determines what you think you can do. And, of course, people are much more likely to succeed when they think they can do something!
For children and adolescents self-esteem is even more important. Positive self-esteem is correlated with everything from a reduced risk of using drugs to a better chance at graduating high school. Positive self-esteem may even help you live longer! Sadly, people with low self-esteem often think they don’t’ deserve to feel any better, but this is simply untrue. Everyone deserves to feel good about himself or herself, and the right counseling intervention can help you adopt a healthier approach to your self-image.
I can help you finally feel good about the person you see looking back when you glance in the mirror.
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