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Confidence and Self Esteem

Confidence and Self Esteem Issues

I've helped a good number of people - including some who really surprised me when they first came for Hypnotherapy - who have experienced these issues. I've found that while most of them have identified their issue absolutely correctly, they struggle to make progress until we have got to the root cause.

Some people try to conceal low self confidence or self esteem - somehow they are not seen as acceptable. Many, otherwise highly successful people, have developed concealment strategies that almost defy belief. And the longer anyone conceals the issue the more complex unravelling it can be.

These are certainly issues to seek help for and I have helped many clients resolve them. But, once again, there is no standard cause and no standard solution. If you feel you might need help, please take that first step and give me a call.

Confidence and Self Esteem

Confidence and Self Esteem
need not damage your quality of life 

Confidence is linked to our external world and how others see or perceive us, how we present ourselves and what we achieve
Self-esteem is more to do with our relationship with ourselves, what we think and feel about who we are.

Because both Confidence and Self-Esteem Issues can hold you back and prevent you from being the person you are, they can be draining and damaging to your life on so many different levels.

If your lack of Confidence or Self Esteem is affecting your life then get in touch.

Someone who appears to be confident and or competent may have low self-esteem - the external validation they get from other people compensates for how little they like or value themselves.

Having negative beliefs about yourself lowers your ability to cope with the stressors in life; this can place you at higher risk of developing mental health problems such as eating disorders, depression or social phobia. It may also be triggered by existing mental health problems, as the pressure of other symptoms and the perceived stigma associated with a mental health problem, can impact on the way you see and feel about yourself.

  • Needing to explain your decisions or mistakes
  • Feeling you fail at everything
  • Making excuses or become defensive when you feel you are being criticised
  • Needing external acceptance or approval
  • Feeling that your successes are due to luck rather than your ability and skill
  • Negative, pessimistic and critical thoughts
  • Being a perfectionist and feeling shame if perfection isn't achieved (which invariably it isn't)

  • Having a negative self image and think you are bad, ugly, unlikeable, stupid
  • Finding it hard to make and keep friends
  • Putting yourself down
  • Comparing yourself to your peers in a negative way
  • Feeling you're not good enough or worthless
  • Focusing on your mistakes and, what you feel, are your weaknesses
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