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I Have Low Self Esteem

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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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    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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    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 18 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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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 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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    nicoleblu nicoleblu 18-21, F 8 Responses Jan 31

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Sometimes you think of yourself

    as an afterthought rather than just a thought
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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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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    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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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Mar 10

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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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    MyLifee99 MyLifee99 13-15 2 Responses Mar 20

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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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    good quote time: "When you're different,

    sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't." - Jodi picoult
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 9

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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 11 Responses Mar 22

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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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    You Can Destroy Me With One Sentence

    But you mustn't, I beat myself up enough, when I think about the chances I missed in life, my wasted talent. I feel a bit more worthless every day.
    RickiChickie RickiChickie 46-50, F 22 Responses May 1, 2011

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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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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 9 Responses Jan 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 don't feel good enough anymore.

    .. I feel like it's only matter of time before it starts to end. I don't want it to of course but I can meet seem to make people want to stay with me.
    bigca1697 bigca1697 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I always hate the "it's not you" "not your

    fault" speech...still makes me feel like I failed in some way
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 9

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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 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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    everyotherusernamewastaken everyotherusernamewastaken 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 31

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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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    oirishi oirishi 26-30, F 4 Responses 7 hrs ago

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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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    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 mean I only get told by my "friends" how ugly

    and repulsive I am to boys all of the time
    clamsbeestrees clamsbeestrees 16-17, F 9 Responses Apr 2

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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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    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 10 Responses Apr 2

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