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A common assumption is that self esteem and self confidence are the same things. However, although self confidence is related to self esteem, they are not the same. Self-confident people may also suffer from low self-esteem, and this can be seen by the vast number of actors, celebrities and public figures who appear to be overflowing with self confidence, yet totally lack self esteem when away from the media or when they’re not performing. Unfortunately low self esteem is extremely common in today’s society and individuals can often struggle to find their sense of worth in the world.
Self esteem is commonly defined as how an individual “estimates” themselves. Those who find it hard to answer ‘yes’ to questions such as ‘do I like myself’ or ‘do I deserve to be happy’ are often suffering from a lack of self esteem. Most people do experience low self esteem at some point in their life, if they lose their job for example, but they also experience high self esteem at other points, such as when they successfully complete a challenge. Those who do not bounce back from low levels of self esteem and constantly think negatively about themselves may be suffering from chronic low self esteem.
There are a number of factors thought to influence levels of self esteem:
Taking care of your physical health, reducing stress levels and exercising can all help towards building self esteem. Sometimes keeping a diary to explore negative memories may help you to relate to how these are causing you distress now. Dance, music, creative writing and painting are also thought to increase our self esteem, helping us to find a sense of empowerment.
Counselling and hypnotherapy are useful therapies for those suffering from low self esteem. Hypnotherapy seeks to discover the root cause of low self esteem and use the power of suggestion to create more positive thought patterns. Reprogramming your beliefs can lead to an increase in self esteem and help you to overcome negative thinking patterns.
This content is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice.