What are signs of low self-esteem?

Joel H. Fuhrman, MD
Family Medicine
Our self-esteem is a core belief; it deeply affects our behaviors in ways that we only barely perceive. Most of us are unable to judge our own status. To get an accurate measurement, we need to examine our automatic behaviors, the things we do without thinking. What are the principle indicators of low status and low self-esteem? A partial list of these includes:
  • Conformity or compliance, especially with unhealthy behaviors; a fear of being different
  • Social shyness or fear of displeasing others
  • Lowered ability to communicate
  • Involvement in dysfunctional family relationships
  • Physical aggressiveness
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