One of the most crushing and crippling side effects of low self-esteem is the sense of helplessness with which it saddles us.
What if, upon being praised, we could set aside our seemingly overpowering urge to deflect, reject, conflict, contradict, resist, react and attack?
For people with low self-esteem, Anneli Rufus says, "We've learned to use others to help us silence ourselves—without their knowledge, much less will."
How can we keep low self-esteem from sabotaging our friendships?
In a "Just Do It" society, low self-esteem makes us chant a darker mantra: "Don't Do It."
It's a crucial step on the road to self-acceptance.
Empathy is a skill we can learn—and can make us feel better about others and ourselves.
Raising low self-esteem is a long-term, full-time practice. Learn to seek esteem-shifting opportunities in every experience.
Don't let low your self-esteem spoil the party—or your chance to have fun there.