Do You Have Low Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem is your view of yourself, your capabilities, and your attributes. It is impossible to succeed in life if you are constantly second-guessing and berating yourself over the tiniest detail. Many individuals suffer from low self-esteem, so you are certainly not alone. Some individuals have recently begun to question their self-esteem, while others have been doing so their entire lives. 


Low self-esteem can devastate an individual’s personal, work, and academic life. The constant feeling of inadequacy and unworthiness can undermine attempts to succeed at even the most minor things. If such feelings plague you, you may need to ask, “Do I have low self-esteem?


Answering these questions will give you great insight into how you view yourself.


  • Are you nervous or awkward around other individuals? These individuals can be coworkers, friends, family members, or even strangers on the street.
  • Do you ever look at anyone and think you are not on the same “level” as they are physically, mentally, or athletically?
  • Do you see yourself as the least essential member of your family, group of friends, or office?
These persistent feelings can erode your self-esteem. Most likely, you are the only one who thinks these things. Ask your friends, coworkers, and family members about your performance, attitude, and personality. More than likely, you will be pleasantly surprised. Remember to rank your own needs up there with the requirements of others. Often, individuals with low self-esteem strive to please everyone to make themselves feel adequate. This act usually backfires since you focus on those surrounding you instead of yourself. Dig deep and figure out your own needs. Concentrating on yourself for a while will allow you to identify the root cause of your self-esteem issues to conquer them.


  • Do you worry or obsess about your physical appearance?
  • Are you constantly trying to change your appearance for what you think is the better?
Often, individuals notice certain qualities about themselves as children due to comments by friends, family members, or school mate. These feelings harbour themselves inside, making them stronger and deeper-rooted. Some individuals obsess about their weight, height, stature, bone structure, facial features, hair, and anything else under the sun. These issues can become the root of serious problems, including eating disorders. 
Even the most beautiful people in the world feel inadequate about their outward appearance. 
The people society deems beautiful or perfect have personal issues about their appearance or body, so you are not alone. Instead of constantly worrying about those aspects you believe as unfavourable, focus on the positive. If you are slipping into a dangerous or deadly habit, seek professional help as soon as possible. The world has learned to live with you, and now you must decide to live with yourself. Once you are comfortable in your skin, your self-confidence will soar sky-high.


  • Do you publicly berate yourself for fun? 
  • Is your idea of a good conversation tearing yourself down at the expense of others? 
  • Would you rather discuss your failures and weaknesses over your successes and strengths? 
Often individuals with low self-esteem can identify with this. Instead of accentuating the positive, they verbalize that constantly criticizing voice they hear. 


Whatever the case, if you find yourself suffering from low self-esteem, there are ways to strengthen your self-esteem. Some ideas include; seeking help from friends, family members, colleagues, self-help books, or professionals if necessary. One should not ignore low self-esteem. We should reframe low self-esteem as a window that reveals where and how to build oneself up.


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