Self-esteem refers to how much we like, accept, and value ourselves. This usually involves a degree of evaluation, creating negative or positive views of ourselves.

Self-esteem is normally divided into two levels: high and low.

  • High Self-Esteem: consists of positive view of self, confidence in our abilities, acceptance, do not worry about what others think, and optimistic point of view
  • Low Self-Esteem: consists of negative view of self, lack of confidence, want to be/look like someone else, constantly worrying about what others think, pessismistic point of view

Some students struggle with low self-esteem, which can affect feelings, behaviors, perfomance, and relationships with others, among many other aspects of life. Counseling Services can help you figure out the root of your self-esteem issues.

Below are other characteristics of someone with low self-esteem:

  • Inability to accept compliments
  • Sees self as unattractive, worthless, unimportant
  • Lack of pride in grooming
  • Difficulty in saying no to others; assumes not being liked by others
  • Fear of rejection
  • Lack of life goals
  • Inability to identify positive things about self
  • Uncomfortable in social situations