What is Low Self Esteem?
Self-esteem is your opinion of yourself.
Everyone lacks confidence occasionally but people with low self-esteem
are unhappy or unsatisfied with themselves most of the time.
This can affect their motivation to go after the things they want in life
and their ability to develop healthy, supportive relationships.
Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks
75% of girls with low self esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking or disordered eating
7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don't measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members
More than 40% of boys in middle school and
high school regularly exercise with the goal of increasing muscle mass
Stress and difficult life events such as serious illness or a bereavement, can have a negative effect on self esteem
Unsupportive parents or friends who are bad influences and stressful life events such as divorce or moving houses are among the leading causes of low self esteem in youth
What Low Self Esteem Looks Like
A person is extremely critical of themselves, and doesn't believe someone who compliments them
A person downplays or ignores their positive qualities and judges themselves to be inferior to their peers
A person uses negative words to describe themselves such as stupid, fat, ugly or unlovable
A person as discussions with themselves (this is called 'self talk") that are always negative, critical and self blaming
A person blames themselves when things to wrong instead of taking into account other things over which they have no control
A person assumes that luck plays a large role in all their achievements and doesn't take credit for them