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  • Writer's pictureTony Richards

How To Know If Your Self-Esteem Is Low

Your self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself.  If you have positive self-esteem you value yourself and feel worthy of good things.  You have confidence in your strengths, skills and talents.  You are satisfied in your relationships and are willing to be open and observant of the world around you.

However, if you are lacking in some of these professional development areas you are not alone.  Approximately 85% of the population suffer from low self-esteem. People with a lower self-esteem feel a negative self-image. They think others don’t or won’t like them. They are overly critical of themselves and will avoid interaction with others. Often, they become depressed.

On September 20th, you can begin your professional development journey to better self-esteem by attending our one-day Self-Esteem Workshop.

Don’t let low self-esteem hold you back from living the life you’d like to live!

Not sure if you are in need of some help in the self-esteem area?  Take some time to go through the checklist below and score your self-esteem. If you find that your self-esteem is lacking, you can sign up for our workshop now.

This checklist, excerpted from the book, “What Went Right” by clinical psychologist Michael Wetter, CEO of Wetter Psychological Services and former chief of adult psychiatry services at Kaiser Permanente, and freelance health writer Eileen Bailey can help individuals identify whether they suffer from low self-esteem.

Read the following statements and check those you agree with.

  1. I often apologize for my behaviors and thoughts.

  2. I see the glass as “half empty,” usually seeing the negative in the situation first.

  3. I find it difficult to forgive and forget.

  4. I frequently criticize myself.

  5. I’m usually a people pleaser.

  6. I constantly worry about what other people think of me

  7. I worry about my performance until someone tells me I did a good job.

  8. I often berate myself and tell myself what I should be doing.

  9. I think people in my life are disappointed in me.

  10. I worry about any mistakes I make and constantly review them in my head.

  11. I believe if I can’t do something perfectly, I shouldn’t bother doing it at all.

  12. I compare myself to others, and if I don’t perform as well, I believe they are better than I am.

  13. If I fail at part of a task or activity, I feel like I have failed completely.

  14. I worry that every relationship I have will end up failing.

How to score this:

  1. Agree with 8 or more items: Your self-esteem could likely use some improvement.

  2. Agree with 5-7 items: You have some self-esteem issues but generally try to be positive.

  3. Agree with four or fewer statements: You probably have a healthy self-image.

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