By: Sylvia Anderson
For instance, have you ever had a friend go MIA, and you immediately thought it was because of something YOU did wrong?
Or, do you bristle at another's compliment on your outfit, the great job you did at work, or some other accomplishment?
In the case of guest and author, Anneli Rufus, her low self-esteem was bred from watching her mother constantly berate herself and repeat horribly negative things about herself in the mirror. Anneli grew up thinking that was completely normal; it was just something women did.
Imagine how many others grew up thinking the exact same thing.
The phenomenon seems to be more common in women than men, although men are also affected. Women are typically the ones who apologize. Compulsively apologizing is a dead giveaway for low self-esteem, especially if you were raised to "fix" things and always make others feel better.
Another marker of low self-esteem is an inability to make choices. People with low-self esteem are terrified of making a decision.
Fortunately, you can break the cycle; you just need the right tools.
Self-esteem runs on a spectrum. On one end, you have the people who have a deep hatred for themselves and essentially want to jump off a cliff. On the other end, you have super-narcissistic individuals who love themselves more than life itself and think they rule the world.
The goal is to aim for the middle and be true to yourself with pure self-acceptance.
So, what are some of those tools for getting to that point?
Just as you would with any other bad habits, take them one by one, and quit.
Learn to accept compliments without qualifying them or rejecting them. The next time you receive a compliment, take those five seconds and take it in. You're actually insulting the other person by not accepting.
The important thing to remember is that you have a place in this world at the adult table, and that you DO have something to offer.
In the accompanying audio segment, author Anneli Rufus joins Naturally Savvy hosts Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to share tips and tools for boosting your self esteem.