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  • Jan Mcdonald

Do you suffer from low self esteem?

Low self-esteem is a negative evaluation of oneself and a lack of confidence in one's abilities and self-worth. It is a subjective view of oneself that can affect many aspects of a person's life, including relationships, work, and overall well-being.

Individuals with low self-esteem may have negative beliefs about themselves

and may feel inadequate, insecure, and self-critical. They may be highly sensitive to criticism or rejection and may avoid taking risks or trying new things for fear of failure.

Low self-esteem can develop due to a variety of factors, including childhood experiences, negative feedback from others, societal pressure to conform to certain standards, and ongoing stress or trauma. It can lead to a range of negative outcomes, including depression, anxiety, social isolation, and a decreased sense of satisfaction with life.

Some common impacts of low self-esteem include:

1. Negative self-image: Individuals with low self-esteem may have a negative view of themselves, their abilities, and their worth. This can lead to a distorted self-image and a lack of confidence in their abilities.

2. Difficulty making decisions: Low self-esteem can make it difficult for individuals to make decisions, as they may feel unsure about their abilities to make the right choice. This can lead to indecisiveness, second-guessing, and a lack of assertiveness.

3. Social anxiety and isolation: Individuals with low self-esteem may feel self-conscious and insecure in social situations, leading to social anxiety and isolation. They may avoid social situations or struggle to form and maintain relationships.

4. Depression and anxiety: Low self-esteem is a common risk factor for depression and anxiety. Individuals with low self-esteem may feel hopeless, worthless, and overwhelmed by negative emotions.

5. Perfectionism and self-criticism: Individuals with low self-esteem may feel a need to be perfect and may engage in excessive self-criticism. This can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and inadequacy.

6. Lack of motivation and self-care: Low self-esteem can lead to a lack of motivation and self-care, as individuals may feel that they do not deserve to take care of themselves or pursue their goals.

It is important to note that individuals can improve their self-esteem through therapy, self-care, and building self-compassion and self-confidence.

As a person-centred counsellor, I would approach low self-esteem by providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment where the individual can explore their feelings and experiences related to their low self-esteem. As a counsellor, I would work collaboratively with the individual to identify their own goals and objectives for counselling.

Here are some specific ways in which a person-centred counsellor might treat low self-esteem:

1. Empathy and unconditional positive regard: The counsellor would provide empathy and unconditional positive regard towards the individual, helping them feel valued and supported. This can help the individual feel more comfortable exploring their experiences and emotions related to low self-esteem.

2. Active listening: The counsellor would practice active listening, reflecting back on what the individual is saying and validating their feelings. This can help the individual feel heard and understood.

3. Non-directive approach: The counsellor would take a non-directive approach, allowing the individual to explore their experiences and emotions at their own pace. This can help the individual feel more in control and empowered.

4. Exploration of feelings: The counsellor would help the individual explore their feelings and beliefs related to low self-esteem, and work towards understanding where these beliefs may have originated.

5. Encouragement of self-discovery: The counsellor would encourage the individual to discover their own strengths and abilities, and work towards building their self-confidence and self-worth.

Overall, a person-centred counsellor would focus on creating a supportive and empowering environment for the individual to explore their experiences and emotions related to low self-esteem, and work towards building their self-confidence and self-worth.



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