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What is self-esteem?
Self-esteem is about how much you like and value yourself. Feelings of inadequacy and “defeat” seep in when your self-esteem dips, leading to constant judgment and minimizing of your own self-worth. Social behaviour varies greatly when self-esteem is low and can result in the need to either constantly overachieve, be a workaholic, overthink, over apologize, and be riddled with self-doubt.
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The feeling of inadequacy often has little to do with financial status or power, and instead stems from internal, rather than external approval. Working with our experienced and registered therapists can help get to the root of where self-esteem issues come from and provide practical tools to help you realize your true worth.
Causes of low self-esteem
A variety of negative childhood or adolescent experiences can translate into feelings of low self-worth leading to critical thoughts about yourself, your abilities, or your future.
- Childhood bullying, punishment, neglect, or abuse
- Loss or lack of romantic relationships
- Obsession with perfectionism
- Community and cultural values that fog your sense of self
- Critical when thinking about self
Symptoms of low self-esteem
Poor self-esteem grows from constantly speaking to yourself in a critical way, setting inflexible ‘rules for living’, and making anxious predictions about self. Persistent low self-esteem can lead to depression and anxiety and have other psychological or emotional implications.
- Tightening around chest and throat in social gatherings
- Mental fatigue from overthinking
- Lack of confidence and feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of failure and shame
- Hostility and negative outlook
When to seek help
Cognitive behavioural therapy helps identify behaviour patterns that continue to keep the problem going. Upon identifying the root cause of poor self-esteem issues, our expert therapists intervene with talk-therapy to work through the problem areas.