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Have you started experiencing a lower level of confidence? Do you feel you are nothing compared to others? Do you think you need to please others to make them happy? Do you put others' happiness above yours and think you are not worthy of love and respect? Do you think there's nothing to like about yourself? If yes, then you might be having low self-esteem. To know more about low self-esteem let's understand what self-esteem is.
Self-esteem is defined as the measure of self-worth, self-value, and a person's favorable or unfavorable attitude towards self. It refers to the outlook of a person towards self, the measure of the appreciation and approval he/she has and how much he/she likes himself/herself. It states that a person values his/her opinions, feelings, thoughts and interests and a belief that they deserve to be loved.
The impact of self esteem is not only on your perception about yourself but it also affects your motivation that helps you in achieving your goals in life and your ability to develop healthy, affectionate and supportive relationships with yourself and others.
Self-esteem plays an important role in our life and that's the reason when a person has low self-esteem it affects his/her different aspects of life.
Low self-esteem is a state in which people don't value their beliefs and feelings, they have a constant need of validation from others, they feel they are not enough and they degrade themselves by comparing with others. They start to believe that they are not worthy of love. They talk negatively about themselves and try to please others with their words or actions. They assume that others don't like them because they are damaged or they don't have anything that people may like.
Let's check out the causes, signs and symptoms of low self-esteem and think if you are suffering from low self-esteem.
To recognise whether you are suffering from low self-esteem, you have to understand the causes, signs and symptoms of it. Let's start with the various root causes that can lead to low self-esteem, following with the signs and symptoms a person can exhibit if he/she has low self-esteem and the different effects of it in a person's life.
Low self-esteem not only affects our personal life but our professional life as well. It creates a sense of unworthiness in a person that results in a barrier between a negative perception about them and how he/she should actually feel and treat oneself. A person might develop low self-esteem after he/she starts suffering from a physical or mental health issue or it could be the other way around as well. People with low self-esteem often crave validation for their emotions, feelings, behavior and actions from others. They become very sensitive to the words and actions of others.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy which is the combination of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy used to identify the maladaptive and automatic negative or unrealistic thoughts, emotions, behavior and response patterns and reconstruct them into a desirable pattern of realistic thoughts, emotions, behavior and responses. It helps to understand the relationship between our thoughts and behavior.
Competitive Memory Training (COMET)
Competitive memory training (COMET) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy which is rooted from Brewin's contra-conditioning principle. It aims to alter a person's pre-existing negative, dysfunctional, unrealistic emotional network and strengthen a new positive emotional network of a person that involves thoughts, feelings, facial expressions, bodily postures and, self-verbalisation.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Compassion Focused Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on promoting mental and emotional healing by developing compassion for themselves and other people. It consists of different techniques such as mindfulness, appreciation exercises and compassion focused imagery exercises.
There's no specific medication for low self-esteem. Psychiatrists prescribe a combination of different classes of medicines depending on the severity. Also, medication is preferred if low self-esteem is combined with social phobia, social anxiety etc. Taking medications on your own is not preferable unless a psychiatrist or a doctor prescribes it. Don't take the risk of taking medicine without consulting it with a doctor or a psychiatrist.
If you are concerned about your low self-esteem and want to boost your self-esteem then you are at the right place. Counsellors at OnlineCounselling4U are master's degree/M.Phil degree holders who are trained in counselling skills, psychotherapies and psychological interventions. You can find counsellors who deal with low self-esteem, low self-confidence along with other psychological issues such as anxiety, depression etc. as well. You can choose counselors who speak your language. There are numerous counsellors who speak different languages such as English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese etc. You can sit at your comfort zone and avail the opportunity to talk to a counsellor from your comfort zone.
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A counsellor is a trained mental health professional who uses psychotherapies and psychological interventions/techniques that are useful in increasing your self esteem. He/she can help you gain insight about the root cause of your low self-esteem and to regain your self-esteem. A counsellor can help you with sleep hygiene, stress management and psycho-education which will help you improve your self-esteem and confidence as well.
If you want help to increase your self-esteem and want to live your life like everybody else then don't hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional/counsellor. A mental health professional/Counsellor will not only help you to boost your self esteem but will also help you to resolve the reason behind your low self-esteem. Asking for help is a brave step that you can take.
Yes, if a person has low self-esteem it not only impacts their personal life but in every aspect of their life whether it is academics or professional. Low self-esteem creates a sense of unworthiness in a person that can result in overthinking, constant worry, negative thinking patterns, anxiety or even depression. The person starts to find it difficult to love and prioritize themself.
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