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Fear of failure

Fear of failure

Because they lack confidence in their abilities, people with low self-esteem doubt their ability to achieve success.

  • While they might fear failure, they tend to either avoid challenges or give up quickly without really trying.
  • This fear of failure can be seen in behaviors such as acting out when things go wrong or looking for ways to hide feelings of inadequacy.
  • People might make excuses, blame external factors, or try to downplay the importance of the task.


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Negative self-talk

Negative self-talk

Low self-esteem causes people to focus on their flaws rather than their strengths.

  • Rather than build themselves up with positive self-talk, they always seem to have something negative to say about themselves.
  • Th...


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Lack of boundaries

Lack of boundaries

The abillity to create boundaries is often established early in life.

  • People who don't value themselves can have a difficult time setting boundaries with other people.
  • They may ...


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Signs of low self-esteem

Poor self-esteem can affect a person's thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior.

  • Some people with low self-esteem talk negatively about themselves, while others go out of their way to make sure that other people are pleased w...


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How to build self-esteem

How to build self-esteem

If you are struggeling with low self-esteemthere are things that you can do to help improve how you feel about yourself. Some of these strategies include:

  1. Notice your thoughts
  2. Forgive yourself
  3. Pratice self-acceptence
  4. Value yourself


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Coping with low self esteem

Low self-esteem can take a toll on your emotional well-being, so it is important to take steps to address your sense of self and get the support that you need. 

Building your self-esteem takes time, but there are things that you can do to help protect your mental we...


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Practice self-acceptence

It is important to let go of the idea that you need to be perfect in order to have value.

  • Work on accepting who you are today.
  • This doesn't mean that you don't have goals or


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"Notice your thoughts"

"Notice your thoughts"

Start paying attention to the automatic negative thoughts you have each day.

  • When negative thoughts take hold, it is important to work to actively identify cognitive distortions and replace


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"Forgive yourself"

"Forgive yourself"

If you tend to ruminate over your mistakes or failures, it is important to learn how to forgive yourself and move on.

  • Doing so can keep you...


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Ways to boost your self-esteem

Ways to boost your self-esteem

Here's some tips on how you can build your self-esteem:

  • Do something that makes you feel good.
  • Stay physically active—exercise can help improve mood.
  • Think about something you are good at.
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Challenge a negative th...


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Poor confidence

Poor confidence

People with low self-confidence tend to have low self-esteem and vice versa. Being confident in yourself and your abilities allows you to know that you can rely on yourself to manage different situations.

  • This self-trust means tha...


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Lack of control

Lack of control

People who have low self-esteem boften feel that they have little control over their lives or what happens to them.

  • Research has found that in situations where people do have little control over what happens


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Worry and self-doubt

Worry and self-doubt

Even after making a desicion, people who have low self-worth often worry that they’ve made the wrong choice. They doubt their own opinions and may often defer to what others think instead of sticking to their choices.

  • This can often lead to a great deal of


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"Care for yourself"

"Care for yourself"

Poor self-esteem can sometimes leave you feeling like you don’t deserve care and consideration.

  • Work on reminding yourself that you need care and look for things that you can do to show kindness to yourself


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Self-esteem refers to a person's overall sense of self-value. essentially your opinion about yourself. It can encompass a range of factors such as your sense of identity, your self-confidence, feelings of competence, and feelings of belonging.

  • Self-esteem ...


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Negative social comparison

Negative social comparison

Social comparison can sometimes serve a positve function and enhance a person's sense of self.

  • However, comparing yourself to others can also play a role in damaging self-esteem. People with low self-esteem


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Problems asking for what you need

Problems asking for what you need

When a person has low self-esteem, they may struggle to ask for what they need. Because their self-regard is low, they may feel that they don't deserve help.

  • They might also feel embarrassed or incompetent


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Trouble accepting positive feedback

Trouble accepting positive feedback

One 2017 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that low self-esteem is directly correlated to not being able to accept or capitalize on compliments from others.

  • Because the...


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Poor outlook

Poor outlook

Low self-worth also cuases people to feel that there is little chance that the future will be any better.

  • These feelings of hopelessness can make it hard for people with low self-esteem to engage in behaviors


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Trying to please others

Trying to please others

People-pleasing can also be another common symptom of low self-esteem.

  • In order to gain external validation, people who don't feel good about themselves may go above and beyond to make sure that other people are c...


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"Focus on hopeful thoughts"

"Focus on hopeful thoughts"

Spend a little time each day focusing on positive, hopeful thoughts.

  • Notice the little things that you are good at and allow yourself to feel proud of them.


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"Get some outside support"

"Get some outside support"

Share your struggles with someone else who can offer unconditional support.

  • This might be a friend or family member, but it can also be a person such as a doctor, therapist...


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"Value yourself"

"Value yourself"

Spend time thinking about the things yo have acomplished and things you take pride in.

  • Allow yourself to appreciate your worth and your talents without making ...


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Mindsets and failure

Mindsets and failure

  • For the fixed mindset, failure is transformed from an action (I failed) to an identity (I am a failure). For people with this mindset, failure can define them in a permanent way. And they might try to repair their self-esteem by assigning blame or making excuses.
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Admitting Failure

Humans tend to blame mistakes on external events, circumstances and people. Admitting failure goes against our ego, as we think it exposes our incompetence, leading to potential loss of respect and self-esteem. 

This makes us fear failure and highlights our tendency


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