Alyce Galea, Psychologist
What is self-esteem?
A healthy level of self-esteem is important because it allows you to live life to your potential. Low self-esteem and poor confidence is often associated with negative thoughts about yourself, which can mean that you are likely to give up easily rather than face challenges.
High Self-esteem is the satisfaction and confidence you have in yourself as a person.
Low Self-esteem is the low opinion you have of yourself, the doubt, blaming behaviour and negative view of yourself.
People react to your beliefs and behaviour - if you're positive about yourself then you'll get positive feedback, reinforcing your perception of your original belief.
People with negative self esteem often find it hard to accept compliments, and they may see themselves as being worthless, ugly or incompetent.
When trying to make friends or approach new people, those with low self-esteem may not feel worthy enough of being someone’s friend or partner.
People who avoid or put off talking to new people will often find it very difficult to make friends.
People with low self-esteem might also believe that they don’t deserve to be happy.
Fortunately, we can change our beliefs about ourselves!
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