Self-esteem can be described in simple terms as your opinion of yourself. Similar expressions, such as ‘self-image’, ‘self-perception’ and ‘self-concept’ are also used to describe the value that we place on ourselves as individuals. How we judge and value personal worth is where we might run into problems with self-esteem.
There are many contributing factors in an individual’s life that can have a direct effect on one's self esteem. Some of the many causes may include:
Low self-esteem can be treated and there are a number of effective and specialist treatments available. These well-researched interventions aim to change unhelpful patterns of low self-worth and esteem and improve the person's day-to-day functioning. If you want to increase your self-esteem it is important to challenge and change these beliefs. This might feel like an impossible task, but there are different ways that you can do this with the support of a skilled psychologist.
A number of our psychologists have wide experience in helping people overcome chronic feelings of low self-esteem.