It’s been said that people with high self-esteem focus on growth and improvement, whereas people with low self-esteem focus on not making mistakes in life. That’s because when you suffer from low self-esteem you feel you can’t do anything right, and that you’re always “messing up” in some way.
There are many reasons people struggle with low self-esteem, many of which can be traced back to childhood. From parents always finding fault with things you did, to being bullied at school and not feeling you had a caring figure to protect you, to struggling academically in school and not having anyone notice or offer help. Low self-esteem can also hit people who had previously experienced high levels of confidence. By suddenly losing a job or a romantic relationship or encountering a financial set-back, it’s common for people to question their worth and value. Whatever the reasons, low self-esteem can make your life harder and less fulfilling.
You wonder why everyone else seems to have it all together, when every step you take feels like a struggle. You worry that you’re not performing well enough at work. You’re afraid to apply for a better job because you can’t imagine that anyone would want to hire you.
You avoid going on any dates because you’re certain no one will find you attractive or interesting. You might even spend a lot of time on social media, despite feeling terrible afterwards because it seems like everyone has a better, more fulfilling social life than you. You feel angry because things just seem to come harder for you.
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