Self-esteem is the inner strength of people. Self-esteem appears behind confidence, how we see ourselves and how we feel about ourselves. It encompasses values, the importance we have in our world and our way of understanding things.

More than 80% of the world’s population have low self-esteem problems, many of them … they don’t even know it. However, having a strong sense of self-worth has the potential to positively impact and powerfully transform every area of ​​your life, from your relationships to your career, from your health and well-being to your satisfaction and levels of success.

To have good self-esteem, it is something that needs to be learned and nurtured over time. It is necessary that to improve your self-esteem, you first understand why you may have low self-esteem … Then, you will be able to realize all the potential that you have hidden in you.

What is self esteem

People’s self-esteem has to do with the general feeling they have about their own worth. Self-confidence is more about how you feel about your abilities and this can vary from one situation to another. You may have high self-esteem (feeling good about yourself in general) but have little confidence in yourself when approaching a particular situation or event (for example, speaking in public). Or maybe you have high self-confidence in one area (a sport you play, for example) but low self-esteem overall.

A strong and solid sense of self-worth comes from deep within a person’s heart. You have to believe in it and give it the importance it has. Only in this way can you begin to cultivate so that it grows and makes you feel good.

Why do you have low self-esteem

Many adults have low self-esteem, and it can be caused by several factors. It is usually influenced by the way other people see and treat us. Because of previous relationships, because of the influence of parents in our lives, etc. But normally, low self-esteem can occur for the following reasons:

-An unhappy childhood. People who have grown up with overly critical, abusive, or neglectful parents are more likely to face challenges with their own personal worth; while those who experienced acceptance, approval and affection are more likely to have a greater sense of self-worth.

-Traumatic experiences. When a person has low levels of self-esteem it can also be caused by bad experiences or traumatic events, or when someone tells you that you are bad at something, and you believe it. It can come from anything that has sparked feelings of shame , guilt, or worthlessness.

-Experiences of failure. For some people, low self-esteem is related to their success and achievements or lack thereof, including experiences of failure, not achieving the goals or expectations that they wanted to achieve.

-Constant negative self-talk. Many cases of low self-esteem can also be caused by the same person having too negative an internal dialogue. This could be something that you have created yourself or that someone else created in your childhood and that you continue to believe to be true.

-Appearance. Low self-esteem can also be linked to feelings about your appearance or your body image. It’s not just about how you look, it’s about how you feel about how you look. We are bombarded with messages from a young age that being too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, too much, or not at all … is wrong.

Low self-esteem can lead to significant physical and mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and addictions. In fact, there is research showing that teens who suffered from low self-esteem grew up with more physical and mental problems, higher rates of criminal convictions, lower earnings, and challenges with long-term unemployment.

On the other hand, a strong sense of self-worth will help you experience greater health and well-being, better relationships, and higher levels of happiness, satisfaction, and success. It’s time to boost good self-esteem for your emotional well-being! 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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