Low resilience: A person with low self-esteem finds it difficult to cope with a difficult life experience since they already feel they are "hopeless." Lack of self-care-the individual may be so unconcerned about oneself that they ignore or abuse themselves, such as by consuming too much alcohol. An individual who suffers from low self-esteem may also engage in other risky behaviors such as drug use or prostitution to escape their reality.
An example of low self-esteem is someone who was abused as a child and believes that there is no way that he or she could ever be loved or accepted by others. This person might spend his or her life trying to prove himself or herself through achievements or jobs (such as becoming a police officer) but always be disappointed when these efforts fail to produce the desired result (acceptance). Such a person will often suffer from anxiety and depression which lead him or her to consider suicide. If this person were to be encouraged to realize that change is possible and to take baby steps toward improving his or her situation, then he or she would be able to begin to build confidence.
Self-confidence is needed to live a full life. Someone with low self-esteem cannot enjoy life to its fullest because they are always worried about making mistakes or being rejected. It is important for everyone to have confidence in themselves so that they can try new things, meet new people, and enjoy their lives to the fullest.
Low self-esteem and poor living quality Low self-esteem can have a negative impact on a person's life in a variety of ways, including: Negative emotions—constant self-criticism can result in feelings of melancholy, despair, anxiety, wrath, humiliation, or guilt. Decreased ability to cope with stress—having low self-esteem makes it difficult for you to deal with the challenges that life throws at you, such as getting a job interview or speaking in public. Physical symptoms—self-doubt and contempt can lead to insomnia, depression, weight loss, or increased appetite. Avoidance behavior—people with low self-esteem often try to avoid situations that might cause them to feel worse about themselves.
Loss of friendship and social isolation—low self-esteem makes it hard for you to connect with others emotionally and physically. Even people who are close to you may not know how bad your self-esteem is if you don't tell them. You may even stop trying to make friends because you think nobody wants to talk to someone as horrible as you. Isolation can lead to feeling lonely, which can drive you to try even harder to convince yourself that you aren't so bad after all.
Attempted suicide—the risk of attempting suicide goes up when a person has low self-esteem.
Some of the many possible reasons of poor self-esteem include: Unhappy childhood characterized by severe parents (or other major characters such as teachers). Inadequate academic achievement in school leads to a lack of confidence. Continuously stressful life situations, such as marital breakdowns or financial difficulties can also contribute to poor self-esteem.
Low self-confidence is common among people with anxiety disorders. Anyone who has experienced several traumatic events in his or her life may develop an anxiety disorder. The fear of experiencing these events again may cause you to feel unsafe even when there is no real danger. This fear may result in feelings of insecurity which may lead to poor self-esteem.
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often have low self-esteem. They may believe that they are worthless or guilty because they think their symptoms are harmful or dirty. These beliefs can become habits that keep them from trying new things or interacting with others. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), discussed below, is usually very effective in treating OCD and improving self-esteem.
Those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often experience low self-esteem. PTSD is a condition that occurs after someone experiences a terrifying event that caused serious injury or death to another person or something important to him or her. Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, panic attacks, irritability, anger issues, difficulty sleeping, hypervigilance, and exaggerated startles.