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Self-Esteem and Intelligence

Self-Esteem and Intelligence

Being smart doesn't always equate to high self-esteem. In fact, it's not uncommon for some of the most intelligent people to struggle with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy.

Highly intelligent people often exhibit certain behaviors that hint at their low self-esteem, despite their intellectual capabilities. These subtle signs can be easy to overlook, but once you are aware, they become more apparent.

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Self-Worth and Success

Self-Worth and Success

They might be exceptional at what they do, but they downplay their skills and accomplishments. This can hold them back from reaching their full potential, as they fail to recognize and appreciate their own worth.

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The fear of making a mistake or being judged and criticized is often amplified in intelligent people with low self-esteem. This fear can lead to constant self-doubt, resulting in indecisiveness and procrastination.

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2. Perfectionism and fear of failure

2. Perfectionism and fear of failure

I've always been driven to excel academically and professionally. However, beneath my drive for success, there was a deep-seated fear of failure and a relentless pursuit of perfection. I would spend hours refining a single paragraph in an essay or rehearsing a presentation to the point of exhaust...

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Common Inner Struggles

1. Overthinking Every Decision

2. Perfectionism and Fear of Failure

3. Underestimating Abilities

4. Seeking Constant Validation

5. Avoidance of Risk

6. Struggling with Self-Acceptance

7. Fear of Success

8. Difficulty Accepting Compliments

9. Constan...

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Perfectionism and Growth

Perfectionism and Growth

However, this type of perfectionism does not lead to excellence, but rather inhibits growth. It is a self-sabotaging behavior that stems from low self-esteem.

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1. Overthinking Every Decision

1. Overthinking Every Decision

Smart people with low self-esteem often have a tendency to overthink even the smallest decisions.

Their intelligence allows them to see multiple perspectives and potential outcomes, which, while beneficial at times, can also lead to indecision and anxiety. They might spend hrs contemplating...

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7. Fear of success.

Even those who have achieved high grades or excelled in their career may find themselves feeling anxious rather than happy. The expectation to maintain or surpass that level of achievement can be daunting.

Success can be scary because it raises the stakes, brings more attention, and increas...

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Avoiding Opportunities to Shine🌟

Avoiding opportunities to shine or seeming uncomfortable with achievements, could be a highly intelligent individual struggling with low self-esteem and a fear of success.

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4. Seeking constant validation

4. Seeking constant validation

Despite their intelligence, these individuals may struggle to believe in their own worth. As a result, they often look to others for affirmation, constantly seeking praise or validation to reassure themselves of their competence and worthiness.

This constant need for approval can lead them...

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3. Underestimating abilities

3. Underestimating abilities

They often underestimate their abilities and skills. They may excel in certain areas, but they'll dismiss their achievements as luck or timing rather than acknowledging their own capabilities.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

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Self-acceptance and Self-critical

If you see someone who is excessively self-critical or struggles to acknowledge their own worth, they might be a highly intelligent person dealing with low self-esteem. It’s important to show empathy and understanding towards these individuals, as their journey towards self-acceptance might be a ...

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5. Avoidance of Risk

Risk-taking is often necessary for growth and success, but smart people with low self-esteem tend to avoid it at all costs.

  • They often avoid taking risks.
  • This is due to a fear of failure and potential damage to their self-esteem.
  • Their...

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6. Struggling with Self-Acceptance

Despite their intelligence and potential, they often fail to see their own worth. They focus on their perceived flaws and shortcomings, while overlooking their strengths and capabilities.

Their internal dialogue is often one of self-criticism and self-doubt. They might be their own harshest...

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We will delve into behaviors commonly displayed by smart people with low self-esteem. By understanding these behaviors is the first step towards addressing and improving self-esteem. So let's get started.

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