Self-esteem and a sense of identity develop during early childhood. If a person is raised is an emotionally damaging environment or does not have their emotional needs met this affects self-esteem. Some people with persistent low self-esteem may not regard their early life as damaging because of their distorted perceptions of themselves and others.
Low self-esteem which develops in childhood is not fixed for life, it can be altered. Finding the cause of the distorted perceptions developed in childhood can be a very effective and empowering way of raising self-esteem.
Raising self-esteem along the way has positive effects on overall health and productivity. We can begin to love our lives where before we may have found them to be a burden. Facing and surviving unhealthy love or emotional difficulties takes courage. The rewards are worth it. Learning the difference between healthy relationships and unhealthy ones is the beginning of relational maturity.
My self-esteem elevated when I faced the truth about my past and that I was not to blame; it was not my shame.
Darlene Ouimet, emergingfrombroken.com Follow her on twitter @DarleneOuimet
How can low self-esteem affect your daily life?
This is a powerful example from Darlene, and if you have been stuck in snowy weather it may well be very familiar.
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