One’s self-esteem often swings with and depends on their accomplishments and failures. When one cannot meet the expectations that they have from themselves or others, it often leads to low self-esteem. Once individuals firmly believe that they cannot be good at specific tasks, roles, or even life at large, complicated, and painful emotions kick in, leading to reduced participation in life.
Therapy provides the following and much more:
- A non-judgmental and compassionate space to explore these self-defeating beliefs that lead to low self-esteem and the events in the past that have contributed to these beliefs
- The space to also uncover the contribution of relationships or other socio-cultural factors that contribute to one’s sense of low self-esteem
- The space to work towards accepting one’s unique personality without looking at it as good or bad. The beliefs might be rigid at times, concluding that one can never be good at certain things in life. Therapy helps one look at their limitations as a temporary hurdle that is to be worked on by drawing from their strengths
- Helps one develop a healthy sense of self which remains minimally affected by external events