Do you struggle with self-esteem issues? Feel constantly unsure of yourself and have no confidence, ever feel unlovable or undeserving? Self-esteem is an important issue for both children, teens, and adults. If you think you may have problems in this area, give Thriveworks-Reading a call. We can help.
Why is Self-Esteem Important?
Self-esteem can be a frustrating topic because what exactly does good self-esteem mean? It is a very confusing psychological construct. It can mean many different things to many different people and measured very differently. It can impact talking to others, or how you feel about your body. Self-esteem is subjective and usually defined as what you think, believe, and feel about yourself and your own identification and evaluation of worth. It can also mean confidence in yourself. Self-esteem and self-confidence are important issues because it helps you process failure more appropriately and helps you achieve your life goals. It can also help you in relationships with others.
What Causes Low Self-Esteem?
Low self-esteem results from many different types of experiences. Sometimes self-worth can come directly from others, perhaps something someone said to you or something they did to you. For example, being bullied, or physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, or neglected could impact your self-esteem. Sometimes, self-esteem and self-confidence can diminish as a result of a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression. Sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what caused your low self-esteem.
Sometimes self-esteem is related to your own thoughts about situations. Sometimes people with low self-esteem and low self-confidence are more sensitive and easily hurt than others, which perpetuates the cycle. Self-esteem often effects the way we act in the world as well. Sometimes people with low self-esteem can sabotage themselves when things are going good because they don’t feel that they are worth it. They are always predicting that things will go badly for them and can have repetitive, self-destructive, and irrational thoughts.
How Do I Know If I Have Low Self-Esteem?
There are many indicators that may suggest a person has self-esteem issues. Some indicators include making verbal comments such as “I’m ugly, I’m not good enough, I hate myself, etc. Some other indicators include wanting to always please others, maintain a particular appearance, being a perfectionist, having difficulty making decisions, constantly apologizing, lack of eye contact, avoiding situations, or even self-destructive behaviors such as substance use, promiscuity, cutting, binging, lying, etc.
How Can Thriveworks-Reading/Wyomissing Help?
If you or a loved one is struggling with low self-esteem and would like help, contact Thriveworks Reading-Wyomissing now. We may be able to help you identify the causes of your low self-esteem, but more importantly, we can give you the tools necessary to increase your self-worth. We can help you find a way to measure your self-worth, discover your strengths, and build up your self-confidence. Using cognitive behavioral techniques, we can help you see the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and help you change the way you think about yourself. Be the person you dreamed you could be. Stop feeling inadequate and find a new perspective on life. There is hope.
We can work with both children and adolescents, as well as with adults. You are never too old to work on your self-worth. At Thriveworks Reading-Wyomissing, we have caring and compassionate counselors and coaches to help you increase your self-esteem. Don’t’ struggle any longer and let your low self-esteem win. Don’t let it hold you back, even one more day. We want you to have a positive self-image and feel loved, appreciated, and worthy. You are so worth it! “Let’s get thriving!”
Your Team at Thriveworks Reading Counseling