Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Low Self-Esteem
CBT for Low Self-Esteem consists of developing a shared understanding of the key features of the problem. Pinpointing ways in which low self-confidence is played out in everyday life through our thoughts, feelings and actions provides us with tangible examples of how it may unwittingly be influencing us in subtle, yet powerful ways.
Developing an awareness of this through CBT can enable us to begin positively addressing this problem via a range of strategies. These may include:
For many people, a negative self-image may be linked to events and experiences from early life and childhood. Understanding the context in which the person’s sense of self-worth has developed can also be helpful in beginning to change this perception.
Self-esteem refers to the opinion we hold of ourselves, and the extent to which we value ourselves as people. Low self-esteem can result from specific and unpleasant incidents that occur in our lives, leading to a loss of self-belief and confidence, such as a period of bullying at work. Alternatively, it may consist of a long-held view of ourselves, distorting our opinion of those around us and the world in general.
Viewing the world through the prism of low self-esteem can have a huge impact on every domain of our experience. For example, it may lead to:
Such difficulties arising from low self-esteem can clearly limit our opportunities to achieve a sense of happiness and well-being in our day to day lives, leading to frustration, disappointment and, as stated above, depression.
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Overcoming Low Self- Esteem: A Self-Help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques1999) by Melanie Fennell. Published by Constable and Robinson Ltd. More Info
Amanda FarrPostgraduate Diploma (Cognitive Therapy), Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, State Registered Occupational Therapist... Read More