Low self-esteem is having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself, judging or evaluating oneself negatively, and placing a general negative value on oneself as a person. People with low self-esteem usually have deep-seated, basic, negative beliefs about themselves and the kind of person they are. These beliefs are often taken as facts or truths about their identity, rather than being recognised as opinions they hold about themselves. It is important to know that low self-esteem is a common problem for many people in our society – so you are not alone. Low self-esteem can occur as part of a current problem (such as depression), or as a result of other problems (such as chronic illness, relationship problems) or it can be a problem in itself. Either way, the good news is that you can take steps towards developing more healthy self-esteem.
Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about low self-esteem - how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to address this problem. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
This module provides an overview of what low self-esteem is, how it can be a problem, and what kind of impact it can have on a person's life
This module explores, and provides a model of, how low self-esteem develops and might remain dormant in a person's life.
This module explores, and provides a model, of how low self-esteem is maintained at an acute level.
This module begins to address the problem of low self-esteem by tackling one type of negative thoughts known as biased expectations.
This module tackles another type of negative thoughts that keep low self-esteem going - negative self-evaluations.
Another way of addressing negative self-evaluations is learning to accept oneself. This module explores how to identify and acknowledge one's positive qualities.
This module addresses the next phase of chipping away at low self-esteem and explores how one can begin to make adjustments to their unhelpful rules and assumptions.
This module explores the final step of challenging deep-seated negative beliefs about oneself with the ultimate aim of developing balanced core beliefs.
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What is Low Self-Esteem?
How Low Self-Esteem Begins
How Low Self-Esteem is Maintained
Acknowledging Your Positives
Adjusting Negative Core Beliefs
Adjusting Rules & Assumptions
Overcoming Biased Expectations
Healthy Self Esteem
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How Low Self-Esteem Begins
Positive Qualities Record
Positive You Journal
Adjusting Core Beliefs
Challenging Biased Expectations
Experimenting with Biased Expectations
Thought Diary for Negative Self-Evaluations
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