Low self-esteem, a perception that one is inadequate, unlovable, unworthy and/or incompetent, often stems from exposure to dysfunctional behavior as a child. If children bear the brunt of anger, abandonment, abuse, neglect or continual negative criticism, it can lead to feelings of low self-worth.
With little to live up to, people with chronic self-esteem issues may take on behaviors that reinforce their feelings of inadequacy, including drug use. When people use drugs or alcohol as an artificial boost to self-esteem, they’re attempting to function in situations where they lack confidence.
Signs of Low Self-Esteem:
- Overly critical of self and others and believes others view them in the same negative ways that they view themselves.
- Makes a big deal about comments or behavior of others they view as inappropriate or offensive.
- Only thinks about what goes on around them in terms of their own needs and wants.
- Excessively submissive to…
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