Healthy self-esteem is often when one hold value for oneself and is able to experience confidence in work or social activities. There is a feeling that you deserve happiness and act with kindness toward yourself. Low self-esteem is when one is extremely critical of themselves. With low self-esteem the use of judgement statements such as “you are fat, ugly, or unlovable.”
Causes of low self-esteem may include:
- victim of bullying
- emotional abuse
- physical abuse
- academic difficulties (learning disabilities)
Signs of low self-esteem may include:
- may have some eating disorder.
- substance abuse
- can have physical health problems.
- feeling hopeless or worthless