Counseling Center

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  • What is self-esteem?
    • The way we view and think about ourselves and the value we place on ourselves as a person
    • Think about:
      • What words would you use to describe yourself?
      • What value did you place on yourself or aspects of yourself?
      • Were your descriptions generally positive, balanced, or negative?
  • What is low self-esteem?
    • Low self-esteem is having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself, judging, or evaluating oneself negatively, and placing a general negative value on oneself as a person
    • People with low self-esteem usually have deep, basic, negative beliefs about themselves, which are often taken as facts and can have a negative impact on the person's life.
    • Examples:
      • I get nervous talking to new people. I am socially inept!
      • I could not understand the course material today. I must be really stupid!
  • The impact of low self-esteem
    • Criticize themselves and abilities, brush off compliments or positive qualities, focus on mistakes, what they didn't do, or what other people seem to do or have
    • In school or work, may avoid challenges and achieve less
    • In personal relationships, may become upset or distressed by any criticism or disapproval.
      • They may bend over backwards to please others
      • Be extremely shy or self-conscious
      • Avoid or withdraw from intimacy or social contact
      • Less likely to stand up for themselves from being abused