What is low self-esteem?

We tend to go through life evaluating ourselves and others according to a scale of worth. The idea of self-esteem is the amount of value that we consider we are worth. These values vary from person to person. If we get into the habit of thinking negatively about ourselves, then low self-esteem, or placing little value on ourselves, is the result.

Low self-esteem can be the result of negative life experiences, such as being criticised or judged negatively by others.  Low self-esteem is often maintained by our own self-critical thoughts, which can be triggered by criticism or perceived criticism.  

What are the symptoms of low self-esteem?

  • Feeling low in mood, frustrated, angry, hurt, ashamed
  • Negative self-critical thoughts e.g. I’m stupid, It’s my fault, I’m a failure
  • Trying to please others
  • Defensive when perceived to be criticised
  • Passive around others
  • Avoid situations and people
  • Self-neglect

Our psychologists at Psyma are highly experienced in helping you boost your self-esteem and confidence.  If you would like to discuss low self-esteem issues with a psychologist, please download the Psyma app and book in your free initial consultation.

Join our mailing list
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.