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I Have Low Self Esteem

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    i think my low self esteem stemmed from my

    mother always saying negative things to me all the time. i got accepted to a university a few weeks ago and she was upset that the school was located in a big city where she thought there were too many Hispanic people. i hate how racist she is. she cant even he happy for me...
    avalily avalily 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 9

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    this morning i decided to snap pictures of

    myself and when I look at them i just felt and overwhelming desire to cry. Out of two hundred pictures, all of them look bad. All i want is a nice picture... instead all i see is something people always point out when they're making fun of me...
    xboo15 xboo15 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Yes this is me alright.

    Low self esteem and low confidence and all. I wish I was curvier seeing as a lot of people say real woman have curves. I have trouble keeping weight on. Tried eating healthy, adding protein stuff and working out for the past two years and I did keep it consistent. I went to my...
    lexik123 lexik123 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    It sucks having low self esteem

    and I think its all because of my last relationship..
    dawwnn dawwnn 16-17, F Mar 15

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    I always tell myself

    and others that I dont care about clothes or fashion or trends or anything like that. Well actually I really dont care for fashion bc its weird or for trends bc they come and go and theyre stupid and Im not into things just bc theyre common and popular. But anyways I do care...
    ofnoimportance ofnoimportance 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    ever wake up and just hate yourself?

    ? there is no reason to....it's amazing how to day to day life just picks you apart
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Due To Many Years Of Bullying

    I pretty much have noo self esteem due to many years of bullying, basically everyone made fun of the way I looked, and I admit I'm not the best looking girl out there but I wouldn't wish the kind of treatment I got on anybody. I'm trying to be more confident in myself but its...
    CGFE CGFE 16-17, F 51 Responses Jan 21, 2010

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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Mar 10

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    I do have really low self esteem,

    I was bullied through school, put down by people who mattered most to me, in a relationship with a guy at the age of 15 who cheated on me, gave me verbal abuse and on a few occasions left me with bruises. I was never really made to feel good about myself. It always made me see...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    is more like a rant about my life

    so far. Everytime I got the chance, I like to go out by myself and think about things (everything and anything so far) and here is what I got so far. I graduated high school almost two years ago. During that time of my life I never did anything crazy. I mostly focus only on...
    OrangeCaramel OrangeCaramel 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    So I was reading the "I want to know

    if you think I'm attractive" posts ... Then I thought holy **** that's depressing, do you really have to be rated by other people in order to know how pretty you are? Truth is you gotta tell yourself you're beautiful, you got to be proud of who you are. People out there my rate...
    jlove987 jlove987 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    I know I'm not beautiful.

    I know what beautiful people look like and that's just not me. If I was beautiful, I wouldn't be 18 and never had a boyfriend, unless you count the kind that doesn't talk to you or look at you or hold your hand. If I was beautiful, someone other than my parents would think so...
    ArwenUndomiel62 ArwenUndomiel62 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 22

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    I hate the fact that I'm a b-cup.

    . My sister is a DD and my mother is overweight but has to get her bras out of boxes at the store and my aunt has DD's too! But I'm 18 with small breasts.. I'm skinnier than all of them so I decided it's probably because of that that I have a smaller chest.
    Jessicaliners Jessicaliners 18-21, F 17 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    Let me get this off my chest.

    .... Since I was little I was made fun of by the only male figures in my life (my bro and father). I blossomed into a woman who gets pleasure when other men say that I'm attractive because I never got that I'm beautiful from the male figures in my life. Fast forward to now...
    nancylu1234567890 nancylu1234567890 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 22

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    I guess it's an issue

    that stems from childhood, and has sort of followed me ever since. I was bullied in primary school. Looking back on it now, it probably wasn't as viscous as others have experienced, but as a young girl trying to discover who she is, being excluded and having mean words thrown...
    DropsofJupiter1 DropsofJupiter1 18-21, F 10 Responses Mar 22

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    I am supposed to go on a date soon in the next

    couple days and we met online. I only posted 2 photos of my face and one picture of my body because I'm very insecure about it. I'm a short curvy girl k have thick thighs. I am working so hard everyday on eating healthy and working out. But I almost want to back out of the date...
    mzgirl mzgirl 22-25, F 10 Responses Apr 4

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    There are just so many things

    that I want to change about myself. From little things to really big things.
    gamerdog210 gamerdog210 22-25, M Apr 2

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    I Wrote This For An Assignemnt For School, Thought I'd Share :)

    Babystep #2 Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are the type of person you want to marry.             When I first chose this step, I originally thought the answer would of course be “no”.  I thought of all negative things, my flaws.  But then...
    Smileandbehappy Smileandbehappy 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 27, 2012

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    I always feel like I can't do anything right

    and put myself down a lot. I don't recognise my achievements because I focus on the people who helped me to get through. I went to a self esteem group in 2008 which didn't help at all. It has been suggested that I go to it again but I wasn't keen on the theory. Sometimes I think...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    Worried About Everything

    As well as being paranoid about my looks I also worry about things as small as going to a new building - I worry that I'll look like an idiot when I can't find the door or I'll be trying to push it when it says pull! I have no idea why I worry about this I don't judge...
    mum08 mum08 26-30, F 14 Responses Feb 21, 2007

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    I absorb the positive feelings

    that people feel towards(specifically if I think they like me) so I feel someone likes me I would like them back. The problem is I am shy as **** so it never goes anywhere and usually I can tell through eye contact(because eyes are a good conveyor of feelings)
    Overdrive18 Overdrive18 18-21, M Mar 29

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    I dont remember the last time

    that I felt good or happy about myself. Im not a girl with overweight problems but neither Im skinny model. I've never saw myself at the mirror and smiled and said Im beautiful.. or if I did.. at the next second I saw my friends more beautiful more skinny.. and more atractive...
    Bella1314 Bella1314 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    I still have a lot of issues with myself

    and my appearance but I can honestly say I’m so much more confident than I was a year ago. and that's something I'm proud of.
    OrangeCaramel OrangeCaramel 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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    In terms of my body figure,

    yes.. I'm not that confident with my body. I'm a little big for an asian girl. My measurements went down ever since I have work. I can show some but I think I should work more on my tummy.
    BarbieChan BarbieChan 22-25, F 9 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    nicoleblu nicoleblu 18-21, F 7 Responses Jan 31

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    After years of being called ugly,

    stupid,retarded, special,disabled, poor,weird,creepy,and lots more! This is what I've become. I hate myself I can't do anything right I'm more than 100% talentless.
    wassup305 wassup305 16-17, F 9 Responses Feb 7

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    I was washing my hair

    when I thought of the following today: I can't allow anybody else to determine my sense of esteem. Nobody knows me well enough to judge me anyway, so why should their view be the source of my esteem? Just as my own view of myself is pretty fractured due to my past and present...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 4 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    MyLifee99 MyLifee99 13-15 2 Responses Mar 20

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    I Refuse to Have Low Self Esteem

    I struggled with self esteem for years.   Then I stopped caring--that's all it really takes to raise your self esteem--give your self permission to stop caring what others think.   That is a big first step--it's really hard to say "I don't care"...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Mar 30, 2008

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    Why

    The reasons why I have low self esteem i guess go all the way back to when my father left i guess it maximized every little detail i saw wrong with myself and as i got older i tried to make up for it by comfort in other words....food needless to say it hasnt done wonders for my...
    Celticgirl1279 Celticgirl1279 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2013

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    At this time, my confidence

    and self esteem levels are hitting rock bottom.. Wow!!
    TheLeftBehind TheLeftBehind 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 28

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Mirror, mirror, "Mirror,

    mirror, on my wall, I just want to be thin, pretty and tall. Mirror, mirror, if I change my hair, maybe someone will start to care. Mirror, mirror, if I starve myself at least I'll be beautiful, forget my health. Mirror, mirror , if I cut my wrist will I feel like I exist...
    MelXo MelXo 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    I feel like even if I wanted to I couldn't be

    anorexic, I don't have the strength to just not eat! Sometimes I wish I did, other times I've very happy that that I can't because I know it wouldn't be in any way a good idea! I have fasted a few times before but never longer than 24 hours.. I have done it in awhile though...
    Jessicaliners Jessicaliners 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 18

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    I have the lowest self esteem,

    I seriously go to guys for attention to feel good about myself, and I've done it so much that I am truly ashamed of my past, but now I hope I can find a guy that likes me for me, and doesn't use me and accepts my past and wants to make a bigger and brighter future with me. I...
    jeennalouise jeennalouise 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 2, 2014

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    No matter what i do to clear my acne it always

    comes back... Why?!?!. I hate life...
    MyLifee99 MyLifee99 13-15 2 Responses Mar 18

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    There's just something about me.

    I'm a quiet and meek guy. And sometimes my friends joke about my lack in confidence, confidence and masculinity. My low self esteem makes me insecure when they poke fun of me. I'm glad I did not lose my temper at any of them; at the same time I feel lousy and confused. Maybe I...
    browniepants browniepants 26-30, M 5 Responses Feb 2, 2014

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    At the moment I'm in retreat,

    and going through a lot of soul-searching. One of the things that's come up in my procrastination breaking programme is the notion of self-acceptance because often it is want of perfection that stops us from taking action, due to fear of failure. At the moment I'm going through...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 6 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    I feel all of your pain.

    Reading these saddens me, and I can relate...You always want to be somebody that you're not. Because of society, you think there is a certain definition to beautiful. You never want to be who you already are, because you always find the little "imperfections" "imperfect". But...
    SociallyAwkwardGirl SociallyAwkwardGirl 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 9, 2014

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    When you're surrounded by smart,

    georgeous/good-looking, rich, talented and healthy thin people, you just had to keep yourself as low as possible. You know you'll have trouble fitting it. Might as well just stay invisible and slowly blend in the background.
    CallMeShayYeah CallMeShayYeah 16-17, F 11 Responses Apr 2

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    Progress Forward

    I think that technically I don't have low self esteem anymore. I get doubtful moments when I'm feeling weak but I don't think I actually have it anymore. However, this is a huge progress for me. Since I was little I hated my looks, thought I was ugly as hell and just wanted to...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 31-35, F 8 Responses Nov 10, 2012

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    I mean is there any guy out there.

    that would love someone who has lots of tattoos and piercings? it's seems hard for me to find someone who I can really be me with, and he will be OK with it.
    gizmolover101 gizmolover101 18-21, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have really low self esteem,

    it is reaching the point where I don't even want to go out and socialize because I don't feel good enough.
    MissMisunderstood1 MissMisunderstood1 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 28, 2014

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    I'm ugly, I stutter and have no friends.

    Self esteem? What self esteem?!
    hreinn hreinn 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    I've alwys had... Since I was a kid.

    I grew up so scare of people. And I felt myself so insignificant. Always. Even now. And the saddest part is that I've been in therapy for six years. Nothing changed. I don't want to be like this forever, but I don't know what to do. It makes me feel so guilty the fact that I...
    Starinthedeath Starinthedeath 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    oirishi oirishi 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 18

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