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I Have Low Self Esteem

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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 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 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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    I Cant Help It,

    I dont care how many times I hear how Im beautiful, not fat, not horribly ugly, etc., I still cant shake those thoughts that Im everything the opposite of what all my friends and family tell me constantly. I wish it was different. I wish I wasnt constantly downing myself, and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jul 24, 2007

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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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    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 2 Responses Apr 20

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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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    oirishi oirishi 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 18

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 16 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    Hello old friend! It's been a while,

    but we're buxom buddies again. It's amazing how little it takes to get someone from a 'normal' level of existence back into the depths of despair, and hating everything about themselves and life! Just the slightest knock back, that most people would take in their stride, has...
    Mick672 Mick672 41-45, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have always had low self esteem.

    And just when it seems I am getting through this problem, I go back to hating certain aspects of myself. My goal is to have a healthy self-esteem. To not think too highly or poorly of myself. And If possible, get rid of my ego, who argues with me everyday.
    TheemopandaX TheemopandaX 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    MyLifee99 MyLifee99 13-15 2 Responses Mar 20

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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 5 Responses Apr 19

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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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    i hate feeling like there's no one there,

    I just want someone too care.
    MemoryLane1137 MemoryLane1137 16-17, F 1 Response May 11

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    The Limit Is Me

    My sister sent me this e-mail this morning and I thought I'd share it Personal Growth, Personal Independence: The Limit Is Me By Robin Good One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big advice on the door on which it was written: "Yesterday the...
    titfortattoo titfortattoo 36-40, F 40 Responses Jan 31, 2008

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    nicoleblu nicoleblu 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 31

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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've never really told anyone how I feel truly

    because I don't want anyone to feel bad for me or worry about me. But for the longest time, ive been plagued with negative thoughts inside of my head. I can't stop them, the more I try, the worse they become, I feel like. I constantly doubt myself and my abilities, even though j...
    cbeez25tree cbeez25tree 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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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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    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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    How Others See You

    This is something that everyone should see, but especially women. So many times I compliment someone and tell them they are beautiful. I can tell that they don't believe me. I promise that I wouldn't waste the effort to tell you I think you're beautiful if I didn't think that. I...
    harveyspecter harveyspecter 41-45, M 7 Responses Apr 17, 2013

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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 hate the fact that I can't stand up

    for myself. I am so careful to not hurt myself. I'm very insecure. I'm afraid of the things that they might me thinking of me negatively. Maybe they think negative things to me. I just want to come out of my own cave. But I'm afraid. I'm not prepared yet. But I'm trying.
    LifeisRiddle LifeisRiddle 16-17, F 1 Response May 7

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    I have Aspergers which means I can be shy,

    with very low self esteem & lack confidence, I feel ugly and unwanted. I'm here because I'd like to meet genuine people & make friends. Haters need not apply.
    Scarletjaki Scarletjaki 36-40, F 5 Responses May 2

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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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    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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    I don't like the way I look.

    People say I'm beautiful. Even without makeup. I honestly deep down don't see the person they're talking about. There's only one person I've ever felt beautiful with. And I might be in love with him. But who knows where that will lead. I'm working on it though. Slowly I'm trying...
    shecanfly88 shecanfly88 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    I guess being bullied

    as a child, being disabled, having a father who talks down to you constantly will effect you for years. I've tried exercise, talking about it any 'new hobbies'. Better, but my driving instructor still says confidence is my main issue. Seems like how little I improve only drops...
    Almostanonymous Almostanonymous 22-25, M 3 Responses May 13

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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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    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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    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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    Feeling pressured to have sex?

    If someone you just met (or have been talking to for a while) told you that you were pretty, maybe took you on a date and then afterwards asked you for $100, would you say yes? I'm pretty sure 99% would answer no to this question. So then if the answer is no to $100, why is...
    OhGK OhGK 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 15, 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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    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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    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 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 6 Responses Apr 23

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 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 8 Responses Feb 7

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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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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 9 Responses Jan 2

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