One of the most significant aspects of any person’s character is their level of self-esteem. It is important to be aware of the different symptoms associated with low self-esteem to ensure you are able to deal with this difficulty if it should arise. The eight signs of low self-esteem are:
Shame is a primary symptom of low self-esteem and, if felt strongly enough, can remove all pride you may have in yourself. By experiencing feelings of shame you will begin to lose positive emotions and lose all sense of self-esteem. By identifying and resolving problems associated with low self-esteem you can prevent shame from taking over completely.
Pessimistic emotions can be a sign of low self-esteem. If you do not feel positive about yourself it can be challenging to feel positive about the world around you. If you are experiencing these emotions it is recommended you take a moment to determine why you are feeling this way.
It is generally seen that those who over-dramatize their life events are suffering from low self-esteem. This is done as a desperate attempt to gain sympathy by exaggerating less troublesome life events as highly challenging. Conversely, the exaggeration could be done to boost your own confidence or the confidence of others towards you. Irrespective of why this is conducted, it rarely works and can cause greater feelings of low self-esteem.
Generally a person does not want to blame themselves for a life that did not meet expectations. Instead, blame is shifted to others for failed life choices while you continue suffering from low self-esteem.
5. No boundaries
People who suffer from low self-esteem desire any form of attention and will present with an inability to say no to others. This inability to maintain boundaries can lead to associations with the ‘bad crowd’ which may increase feelings of low self-esteem.
6. Putting others down
People with low self-esteem have a need to make others experience the depressing emotions they are feeling. In order to do this they will bring people down through criticism and verbal abuse. If you find yourself engaging in this behavior you should consider why you are acting this way. Often cutting people down will have more to do with your issues than the person in question.
7. Social withdrawal
If an individual does not feel valued and is unable to appreciate themselves, they find it difficult to believe another person would be able to love and appreciate them. Due to these emotions, the individual will often withdraw as a means of protection from any assumed threats. Unfortunately, this social withdrawal is more detrimental than beneficial and leads to negative rumination on one’s faults. The more beneficial behavior would be to socialize.
8. Physical signs
Low self-esteem can also be noticed via physical symptoms ranging from fatigue, headaches and insomnia. If you suddenly present with different physical health difficulties without a specific cause you should consider the possibility that they may be associated with low self-esteem.
As you can see, low self-esteem can be detrimental to a person’s well-being in numerous mental and physical ways. Reading this article should help you determine whether you are experiencing, or are on the cusp of experiencing, low self-esteem. If you are dealing with this common psychological difficulty, find a person to talk to about it. The best thing to do is to deal with the problem now and improve your quality of life.