January 2021 Theme: Self-Esteem (Part 1)

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Self-esteem is the confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; how we understand or value ourselves. High self-esteem constitutes a reasonable pride in one’s self; realistic view of strengths, abilities, as well as weaknesses. Low self-esteem, on the other hand, indicates a difficulty evaluating strengths honestly; unrealistic negative opinion on one’s self with an underserving focus on weaknesses.

Signs of low self-esteem:

  • social withdrawal
  • anxiety and emotional turmoil
  • lack of social skills and confidence
  • more social comformity
  • eating disorders
  • exaggerated concern for other’s opinions
  • self neglect
  • depression/extreme sadness

Causes of low self-esteem:

  • unhappy or abusive childhood
  • poor academic or athletic performance
  • ongoing stressful life event
  • poor treatment from partner, parents, or others in general
  • ongoing medical problem
  • mental illness

Effects of low self-esteem:

  • avoiding social situations
  • lacking intimacy in relationships
  • being hesitant to change appearance
  • fearing rejection
  • easily getting taken advantage of or manipulated
  • lacking pride in achievements
  • being defensive or aggressive as a defense mechanism

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