- Social anxiety
- General anxiety
- Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
Challenges to Self-Esteem
- Self-esteem is learned in childhood, and certain experiences may interfere with its development.
- Being subject to criticism or abuse from parents and caretakers
- Missing out on experiences that would foster a sense of confidence and purpose.
- Receiving little or no positive reinforcement for accomplishments
- Being stigmatized for unusual appearance or behaviors, race, class, social identity, or having a learning disability or physical impairment
In adulthood, even a well-developed self-esteem can be challenged by sudden life changes. These changes can include things such as:
- Perceived failures
- Losing a job or changing jobs
- Ending an intimate relationship
- Having legal or financial troubles
- Struggling with addiction or substance abuse
- Having children with emotional troubles, physical health concerns, or a host of other events that might cause us to question our worth or value.
Therapy can help put these events in perspective and enhance your strengths to increase resilience, social support, and hope.