Low Self Esteem
Low Self Esteem is when we think about ourselves as a bit ‘useless’ or have a low opinion of our abilities in general.
Self esteem is the term we use to describe how we think about ourselves.
It refers to how we think, the type of person we are, our abilities and what we expect for the future.
When our self-esteem is healthy, we tend to feel good about ourselves and have a positive outlook on life in general.
A high self-esteem gives us the courage and strength to deal with the ups and downs in life – without them having a long-term impact on our health and well-being.
We also tend to ‘process’ our achievements more effectively on a day-to-day basis which can keep our self-esteem ‘topped-up’ resulting in a general feeling of well-being.
However, when we have low self esteem is, our thoughts and feelings about ourselves are generally negative.
We are more likely to focus on our weaknesses and be overly critical of the things we do and mistakes we’ve made.
Low self esteem means our entire outlook on life is affected. We are also less able to cope with everyday challenges.
Our relationships and physical health may also suffer.
Seeking help is vital for ensuring long-term problems do not develop.
Causes of Low Self Esteem
It is generally believed that issues with low self esteem stem from experiences in early childhood.
Our history and relationships with those around us – including our parents, friends and siblings – shape the opinion we have ourselves.
We receive a combination of positive and negative messages as we grow up, but for some people it tends to be the negative ones that stick.
Feelings of not being good enough can continue into adulthood.
How we develop our self-esteem through adolescence can impact our future levels of self-worth.
Our own natural personalities may also play a part.
Some of us may possess personality traits that make us more susceptible to negative thought patterns about who we are and of our capabilities.
Traumatic life events such as abuse or serious illness can also cause self-esteem to plummet.
Being forced into a physical or emotional position against your will can make it very hard to trust yourself or others.
It can leave you feeling out of control and in your head you may have convinced yourself you were to blame in some way.
Signs of Low Self Esteem
Low self esteem affects us all in different ways.
There are however common signs to look out for. If a person feels like they are inadequate or unworthy, their behaviour will reflect this.
They act in a way that confirms they aren’t able to do things or aren’t very good, known as ‘confirmation bias’ – a leaning towards interpreting events in a way consistent with what we believe about ourselves.
Common indicators of low self esteem are:
- Feeling hopeless or depressed
- Feeling bored with life
- Having no motivation
- Lack of assertiveness
- Being overly sensitive to criticism
- Believing there’s nothing to look forward to
- Thinking negatively about yourself
- Feeling tired a lot of the time
- Feeling like a failure
Do YOU Have Low Self-Esteem?
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Overcoming Low Self Esteem
Overcoming low self esteem requires identifying and challenging the negative beliefs you have about yourself.
Understanding how you learned them and why, can help you to unravel the significance they have in your daily life.
Taking care of your physical health, reducing stress levels and exercising can all help you build self-esteem.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Low Self Esteem
If you’re committed to overcoming your self-esteem problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapies for Low Self Esteem
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for low self esteem is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
Free Initial Consultations for Low Self Esteem
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your self esteem problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
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