Low self-esteem can negatively effect a person's work, personal, and scholastic life. The continual feeling of unworthiness and inadequacy often undermines any attempt to succeed even at simple tasks. If you find that you are suffering from these types of feelings, you need to ask yourself, "Is my self-esteem low?" The way you view yourself is your self-esteem, which also involves your attributes, and your capabilities. You simply cannot succeed in life when you are continually second-guessing yourself or belittling yourself over every detail. Many people have a low self-esteem, so know you are not alone. Perhaps you are like many that have been questioning their self-esteem their whole lives, or may you just began doing so. No matter your situation, if you will honestly answer these questions, it will give you a new insight in you how you view yourself.

Do you feel awkward or nervous around other people? This can include your colleagues, family members, friends, and even those you do not know. Do you look at someone and think that you are not at their level athletically, physically, or mentally? Do you think that you are not as important as other members of your family, friends, group, or office? When you have these feelings it can play havoc on your self-esteem. Of course, you are the only one that thinks such things of yourself. Ask your family, friends, and colleagues about your personality, performance, or attitude. Most likely you will be surprised pleasantly by their response. Keep in mind that your needs are just as important as everyone else's. Often, those with a low self-esteem try to please everyone except themselves, which is a way to help feel more adequate. Of course, this backfires most often because you are focusing on the people surrounding you and not on yourself. Look deep inside to see what your needs are. Focus on you for a while because this will allow you to find the root of your low self-esteem, which is the first step in conquering it.

Do you obsess or even worry about how you look physically? Do you continually change your appearance to something that you think is better? These are feelings of inadequacy and they are very common especially with women and children. Sometimes, children notice specific features about themselves because of comments made by friends, schoolmates, or family members. The feelings that having specific aspects of yourself pointed out can become stronger and deeply rooted. Some will think about their weight constantly, perhaps they think about their facial features, bone structure, hair, and anything else they can think of. These can become a very serious issue such as leading to eating disorders. Even those that are beautiful do feel some inadequacy about the outward self. Those people that society has said are beautiful have issues about their own body or appearance, so you are not alone. Rather than thinking about the negatives aspects of yourself, look at the positives. If you find that you have some bad habits that could be deadly, seek professional help. The world lives with you and now you have to make a positive decision to live with yourself. When you can be comfortable in your own skin, your self-esteem and confidence will soar.

Do you berate yourself in public for fun? Do you think that a good conversation is about tearing yourself down to spare everyone else? Is talking about your failures or weaknesses more important than your successes and strengths? This very typical of people with low self-esteems. Instead of looking at the positives they have done, they begin to verbalize what they constantly hear in their own minds. Regardless of the situation, if you are dealing with a low self-esteem, you can begin to rebuild it. Seek out the help of colleagues, self-help books, friends, family members, and professionals if you need to. Do not ignore a low self-esteem.

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