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Low Self-Esteem: Does it Linger?

Aug 17, 2007
People with a healthy self-esteem is one who views life in a positive way. Although self-esteem development should generally start from early childhood, it is never too late to fix past mistakes and try to develop this in adulthood. Self esteem is how one views himself, either negatively or positively.

Low self-esteem will prevent you from showing your real potential. Remember, if you have a low self-esteem, you should try, as much as possible, to overcome it as soon as possible. You may never discover what you can do if only you have the confidence.

Self esteem is very important in a one's life. It determines what an individual would do or how they would perform. Self esteem literally means how a person views himself. A person with very high self-esteem may be very successful in life. Those who have a high self-esteem trust themselves so that they can get the job done. However, not everybody trust themselves and their capabilities. These people have very low self-esteem.

You probably not notice it but low self-esteem will eventually take its toll on you. If you have low self-esteem, you are going to be noticed more easily . If you are not quite sure why, then let the following descriptions shed some light.

Usually, you think of yourself as someone who is quiet and shy for most of the time, sometimes to the point that you think you are the lowest of the low. You do not believe in your raw talents or on the things that you can accomplish, and you just stay quiet even though you know, deep down in your heart of hearts, that you can do it. If these things happen to you, then something in you questions your capability to execute certain tasks because you feel like you lack the confidence to get the job done.

Low self-esteem actually holds and suffocates you. It keeps you from doing something that you can actually do successfully. It also prevents you from doing something great. Low self-esteem must be erased from every person's mind so that everyone can perform to the best of their abilities.

When you were born, you did not have low self-esteem. It is not innate. It is developed through hardships and trials. Some events may cause you to lose your confidence. These same events are most usually traumatic and it stays inside your head, which is the reason why you tend to lose your self-esteem bit by bit, sometimes, even as a whole.

For example, you getting humiliated in public, or you made a bad decision, in some point of your life, that cost you something that was significant or very precious to you. Another example would be that, something bad happened in your childhood and it made you lose your self-esteem. Basically, every person does not have low self-esteem or high self esteem at birth, but everyone has a self-esteem that is of medial rate, and it is only your experiences that decides whether you will be having a low one or a high one.

Once your self esteem is lost, does that mean that you will never ever going to have high self esteem again? The answer is definitely not. You can actually regain it. If you have a low self esteem because of previous terrible experiences, one way to remove this problem is to face that certain bad experience and turn it into a good one.

You will have to make that bad thing into something that is more productive. In that way, every time you run into that experience, or any other event that is closely related to the aforementioned, what you will take from it is only the good thing and not the bad feeling you got.

You should always keep in mind that you should protect your self esteem. It is important for the people around you, but more important for your own well-being. You must also remember to teach your kids the values and abilities in order for them to be able to conserve their self esteem. You should ingrain in them confidence to face each day with their heads up high, because low self esteem or lack of confidence will decide what kind of a person they will be.
About the Author
Andrew Chin is a recognized authority on the subject of Self Esteem. His web site SelfImprovementsGuide.com provides a wealth of information on Self Esteem
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