If you suffer from low self-esteem, you may or may not be aware of how far reaching the effects of it are on many areas of your life. If you are in a relationship with someone with low self-esteem, you may also find it has repercussions on a daily basis.
Low self-esteem is considered to be a thinking disorder. Negative thoughts about ourselves are not based on reality but usually prompted by the opinions and responses of significant people in our lives. This can seriously affect attitudes, emotions and behaviour, damaging our quality of life and that of those we live with.
Low self-esteem can be the result of damaging parenting, bullying or abusive adult relationships. Consequences can be many and varied: fear and anxiety about not being good enough, sometimes leading to a constant search for reassurance or becoming a perfectionist; fear of failure which limits any new activity or risk taking; needy behaviour in relationships, either seeking or rejecting recognition and praise; behaving in irrational, negative and self-destructive ways.
If you recognise low self-esteem as something which is negatively impacting on your life and would like help to change this, contact me, Anne Roberts, Counselling South West, on t: 01297 301035 m: 07887 961954 email: [email protected]: www.couplecounsellor.co.uk