The Symptoms and Habits of Low Self-Esteem

There are many symptoms and habits of low self-esteem. However, taken in isolation, these symptoms certainly do not indicate that you have self-esteem issues. Red flags should only be raised when several symptoms come bundled together and begin taking over your life.

Here is a list of the symptoms of low self-esteem you should look out for:

  • Constantly striving for perfection.
  • Having low or biased expectations of yourself.
  • A tendency to exaggerate your problems.
  • The habit of accentuating the negatives.
  • Underestimating your personal ability.
  • Ignoring the positives and potential opportunities.
  • Being riddled with self-doubt.
  • Constantly blaming and criticizing yourself.
  • Lack of self-confidence in your ability to get things done.
  • Inability to accept compliments.
  • Unable to concentrate because of a lack of energy, which often results from inadequate sleep patterns.
  • Hesitant and tense physiological movements.
  • A tendency to avoid people and social situations in an attempt to steer clear of judgment, criticism, and the evaluations that other people might make about you.
  • Often experiencing the emotions of loneliness, guilt, frustration, dejection, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, shame, worry, sadness and depression.

Experiencing one or more of these emotions from time-to-time isn’t a clear indication that you have self-esteem issues. However, if you tend to cycle through many of these emotions throughout your week, then it’s a clear indication that something is not right and that low self-esteem could be the underlying problem.

Source: Adam Sicinski


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