Self-esteem is a term used to describe how a person feels about their overall personal worth. It relates to the beliefs a person holds about themselves. Research shows that self-esteem is more of a personality trait, that is, it is stable over time. However, our experiences have a significant influence on our self-esteem, in both positive and negative ways.
Self-esteem affects how we think and feel about ourselves, and how we behave. Consistent critical messages from others will reduce self-esteem. Low self-esteem can lead to self-doubt, low mood or anxiety. It can mean we make unhelpful decisions, such as not applying for a job we are qualified to do, or staying in a destructive relationship.
Therapy can help a person understand themselves better, and help people challenge their negative and unhelpful self-beliefs to help one lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life