Low self-esteem means having a low opinion of ourself and affects our confidence in interacting with others and dealing with challenging situations. If someone experiences low self-esteem, they are often self-critical and tend to spend much time focusing on their perceived negative qualities.
A person's opinion of themselves lies right at the heart of low self-esteem and symptoms include self-doubt, self-blame, ignoring or discounting praise, successes and strengths and focusing on criticisms, mistakes and weaknesses. Feelings include sadness, anger, guilt, shame, frustration and anger. This can significantly impact upon individuals relationships with themselves and others both personally and professionally.
Low self-esteem can be a consequence of a specific problem area or can be a vulnerability factor and impact on all areas of daily living.