Self esteem can mean many things to many people. As a whole, it can be defined as how worthy we feel to ourselves and to the world. If an individual feels a low level of worth, their attitudes about themselves and the world will be negative, bitter, and disapproving. While in contrast, one who feels a high level of worth has a more healthy view of themselves, develops positive relationships, and finds comfort in the world and their surroundings.

Unhealthy self esteem knows no bounds, and can effect anyone of either gender, any race, religion, age and people from all walks of life.

It is not uncommon for us to feel badly about ourselves from time to time. The occasional dip in our spirits is not the same as having low self esteem. This list of ten low self esteem signs can help provide clarity:

1. You do not feel secure in who you are or what you have to offer the world. You are not sure where your place is, and do not feel like you have a purpose or even direction.

2. You are not able to see the good in others or the world around you. You are critical of others and very judgmental.

3. You are not able to move on from the past and stay stuck, and continue to relive a bad experience.

4. You are not able to overcome adversity or setbacks easily. Small things bring your down and keep you there.

5. You are not able to forgive yourself or others. You believe that everyone is against you.

6. You do not have a clear sense of your own values. You do not know what is important to you or what defines your character.

7. You take poor care of your physical and mental health. You body and mind are not a priority to you and you pay little attention to your overall health.

8. You are not able to develop a positive outlook on life, and feel that no good can come your way.

9. You are pessimistic and unhappy, and not able to give to others.

10. You do not take responsibility for your own thoughts, actions, or life. You feel like everyone else but you has caused your problems.

Having low self esteem is a product of not loving yourself. There are many reasons for this and many influences throughout our lives that contribute to that from our parents, to teachers, to religious leaders, the social climate at the time we were growing up, etc. This is not something that happens overnight, but it can be changed.

Acquiring a good self esteem is about setting goals, working hard, and achieving those goals. This sense of accomplishment is an act of loving yourself and changing your position in life to make yourself great.

Author's Bio: 

Julianna Gauthier is passionate about self improvement and helping others to feel better about themselves. Learn more about low self esteem signs, and improving self esteem, by visiting her website www.RescueYourSelfEsteem.com, a popular website that provides tips, advice, and resources on improving self esteem.