Addressing Low Self-esteem:
When we hear the words “low self-esteem”, it is easy to imagine someone who is timid, with their head down, hiding away from the world. However, this is not always the case. Many people suffer from low self-esteem and poor self-confidence without it being obvious or detectable to others - they suffer silently with insecurity, poor thoughts about themselves and self-doubt.
Low self-esteem can be influenced by early childhood experiences as well as distressing and emotional events that occur in adulthood. An unhealthy relationship with a partner or a toxic friendship can easily impact someone’s self-esteem. Other life disappointments or perceived failures can threaten self-esteem and also result in depression and anxiety. Cognitive behavioural therapy and other forms of counselling and psychotherapy have been proven to improve self-esteem as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. In therapy, the individual learns to address negative self-talk that reinforces certain faulty beliefs that they have about themselves (for example, “I’m a failure”). With practice and commitment, the individual learns strategies to improve their self-esteem and overall mood.
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