The Symptoms of Low Self Esteem

By Sadiyya Seedat

Low self-esteem isn’t always easy to recognize, both in ourselves and others. A low self-esteem and a lack of confidence can come in a variety of guises, but there are some tell-tale signs that you need to watch out for. There are exceptions to the rule, but people with low self-esteem will generally display the following symptoms:

• They will be aggressive towards other people, as well as towards themselves

• Constant negative self talk such as “I can’t do this” or “I won’t

succeed” etc

• They usually have poor posture and look down when they walk and speak to others.

• They speak quietly as well as speak down of themselves

• They will avoid any conflicting situations

• They prefer to be alone and do not socialize much if at all

• They hardly participate in any outdoor activities

• In severe cases anorexia may be present

Low self-esteem can lead to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, nervous breakdowns and even suicide. Depending on the severity of low self esteem there are other methods such as self help programs as well as an array of self help books which are more suited to those that have a mild form of low self esteem. If you or your child or even a friend suffers from extreme depression as a result of low self- esteem find help immediately, chances are that you or they require professional help from a medical practitioner. People that fall into this category need to seek professional help as they are unable to help themselves.

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