A weakened self-esteem impacts us on every level. It can affect our performance (professional/academic/athletic), interfere with our interpersonal relationships, change our behaviors, lead to persistently depressed moods, and compromise our physical and mental health. Simply put, when we don’t feel good about ourselves, we’re not able to bring to bear our best effort.
While the contributing factors of low self-esteem are wide and varied, the underlying thoughts are commonly rooted in the belief that one is undeserving of love and/or is incapable of accomplishing what needs to get done.
In response, treatment will require a comprehensive understanding of these beliefs, determining their function/validity, identifying personal values and goals, encouraging consistent behavioral alignment with these values and goals, pursuing opportunities for mastery, and considering environmental adjustments as necessary.