Self-esteem is the view or opinion that we have about ourselves. People with a generally healthy self-esteem will tend to feel positive about themselves and their life in general. When someone suffers from low self-esteem, they tend to have a more negative and critical view of themselves. This can then impact on their ability to cope with life’s challenges. If someone suffers from low self-esteem for a long time, this can be harmful to their general wellbeing and mental health, often leading to anxiety and/or depression.
There can be many causes of low self-esteem. Psychological therapy can be very helpful for people with low self-esteem. It can teach people to be kinder to themselves, learn to be more assertive, and build more positive relationships.