Self-Esteem Issues

“I could never do that.”

“I’m worthless.”

“No one cares about me.”

“What’s the point?”

“I’m an idiot.”

“I mess up everything.”

These are just a few of the debilitating, destructive things we tell ourselves when we suffer from low self-esteem. People may develop low self-esteem if they grew up in or are currently subjected to an overly critical or abusive environment. Others may just tend to focus more on unpleasant and negative times in their lives–including perceived “failures” on their part–while overlooking their successes and positive aspects of their lives. In some cases, though, this low sense of self-worth can be inherent; children as young as 3 years old may utter such negative and self-demeaning thoughts even while they are being raised in a supportive, positive environment.

Regardless of where it stems from, low self-esteem can be treated effectively using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques. Over time people can learn to change the way they think about themselves, challenge unproductive and self-defeating beliefs, and take active steps to build confidence and an increased sense of self-worth.