What is low Self-Esteem?
Have you ever been dissatisfied or unhappy with yourself on the whole? Do you ever think that you are weak, stupid, not good enough, flawed in some way, inferior to other people, useless, worthless, unattractive, ugly, unlovable, a loser, or a failure?
Everyone uses these words to describe themselves at times, usually when they experience a challenging or stressful situation. However, if you often think about yourself in these terms, then you might have a problem with low self-esteem and low confidence.
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.
Here are some examples of what people with low self-esteem might say about themselves:
“I get nervous talking to people I don’t know at parties. I’m socially inept and I hate it!”
“I couldn’t understand a lot of what the instructor was saying today. I must be really stupid.”
“I’m overweight. I am so fat and ugly.”
“I’m a loser.”
“I’m not good enough.”
In essence, 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. As a result, low self-esteem can have a negative impact on a person, their life, their relationships, and reaching their true potential in life.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is one of the major therapies now recommended by medical experts and GP’s, and has a strong evidence base to show significant improvements in Low Self Esteem. So if you would like support to improve your self esteem and confidence, lets talk wellbeing & get in touch with our cbt therapy keyworth clinic now.