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I Have Low Self Esteem

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    There was once my teacher explains about

    depression, she looked at me and say " I see there are a few here who are suffering in depression " it's like she was talking about me. Every time she asked me to read in front of students, I read very fast and very soft, my teacher will ask me to read again and again. Sometimes...
    GravityFall GravityFall 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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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 12 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    I constantly criticize my self.

    I hate how I look and hate how I act around people some times. I always say stupid things and even find my own self annoying some times. I feel like there is something wrong with me and that's why I have no friends.
    Cartwheel3694 Cartwheel3694 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I am really shy and I never think

    that I have done something well when apparently I have, my teachers have clearly noticed this as me and a few other under confident students have been put in this group where we play team building games in a hut in the middle of the staff car park for an hour
    Melonfriends Melonfriends 13-15, F Jul 2

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    yesiigarciaa yesiigarciaa 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    I have a very low self esteem.

    I really hate the way I look. I think I'm ugly.. I don't just say it so people will compliment me I say it because I am genially ugly. I feel that everyone judges everything I do, when people are whispering I think it's about me. I just find it dead hard to love myself...
    TMonsterx TMonsterx 16-17, F 3 Responses May 28

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    Yesterday a friend and I were in a park

    relaxing. A group of guys came and approached her, my friend is more curvy then I am naturally petite. My friend is really developed for her age so all the guys were all over her talking about how sexy she is and how big her butt is. I admit I was really jealous and wished I...
    Diamond1029 Diamond1029 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 7

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    I am working on it though :).

    I've always has pretty low self esteem though I have no idea where it started. I've finally decided that I need to fix this or I'm going to be stuck where I am for the rest of my life. My counsellor has been helping me and it's starting to pay off. I'm not quite ready to put...
    christid309 christid309 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 10

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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 41 Responses Jan 31, 2008

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    Just wanting to say I have

    such low self esteem and it makes me feel so awful sometime but I would never ever want any one of you to feel this way and so believe me when I say...your all beautiful and I really mean that.. Even if you ever feel really down sometimes just remember that I think your all...
    lostgirl299 lostgirl299 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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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 sometime have Low Self Esteem

    because people don't like me because I'm skinny and tall. Story Time I had a crush on this boy ( we going to call him Jim ) that move to our school. Jim was 6'0" dark skin. Every girl in school wanna him. I was one of the first out of three girls he talk to. Weeks passed and...
    CuteChloe14 CuteChloe14 13-15, F May 29

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    Yep. I feel like that I never am good someting

    and will always make mistakes even if the action is an easy thing. Almost every girl in my batch has something they're good at but me.. I dont know.
    bestchloe bestchloe 26-30, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 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

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    From years of my mom telling me

    that I was fat and that I needed to lose weight my self esteem has plummeted to an all time low. I avoid mirrors, clothes shopping, hanging out with my skinnier friends, and I cut myself now because I can't stand myself or my body. Sometimes I wish that when I fall asleep, I'll...
    weby667 weby667 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    com/about/yearsgoby Please say something to encourage my friend and heart ❤his experience :) The link is ⬆️ Please click the EP link and ❤his experience
    alddbd alddbd 31-35, F Jun 6

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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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    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 7 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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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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    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 26-30, F 8 Responses Nov 10, 2012

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    I use to have low self esteem

    and would like to share my feelings so that it might be able to help others. Let me start off by saying I view myself as a perfectionist. In my early high school years I had very low self esteem because I was very small in size and I always wanted to be bigger, but couldn't...
    DavidRHall1996 DavidRHall1996 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 11

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    I don't value myself at all,

    sucks... Others I push away or ignore because I don't feel like I'm worth anything to anyone. Always alone and hating every second if it
    ellelinkin ellelinkin 26-30, F 2 Responses May 13

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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 23 Responses May 1, 2011

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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 8 Responses Apr 17, 2013

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    When I look in the mirror I do not see a pretty

    or sexy woman. I was not very pretty growing up and didn't even start dating until I was 19. I was always told I was ugly or that I had to be sick. I am a very tall woman and very thin, naturally. I was always picked on and tormented. It has really caused me to hold back in a...
    tlh2014 tlh2014 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 27

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    Will I Ever Change?

    It's weird how you can't take good advice, but you can dish it out full heartedly to people in need. All my life I have felt like the ugly duck just waiting for my shot to be the beautiful swan. Maybe it's just not what god had planned for me.. I'm not sure. On a good day I can...
    sadmercy sadmercy 18-21 1 Response Nov 7, 2013

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    I have the type of low self esteem

    where I pretend I'm really confident but the second someone makes a negative comment it lingers in my mind forever. I also have the terrible habit of only focusing on the negative parts about me
    phoenixpheathers phoenixpheathers 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 20

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    I have had low- self esteem issues

    since I was eight but you know what? What ever the reason you may have low- self esteem let it be known to your family and friends. They love you and care for you and will never allow someone they love to feel that way, plus, low-self esteem can cause you to do things that you...
    jellyrolls34 jellyrolls34 18-21, F 1 Response May 25

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    I tend to play up my thoughts about myself,

    acting confident, even cocky at times and so sure of myself, where really, inside I constantly doubt myself, I do like how I look or how I'm built physically. I'm afraid I'm not good enough, that no one will really like me enough to form deep lasting friendships or relationships...
    proffllama proffllama 18-21, M 1 Response May 29

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    It won't go away I saw a super cute dress

    yesterday and picked it up then put it back down then made myself go back today and was gonna get it but a skinny girl was buying the same dress and so I didn't buy it I just want to feel better it's a struggle non stop part of me is saying I might look ok in it then part says...
    willieverbegoodenough willieverbegoodenough 22-25, F a week ago

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    I feel like nobody likes me.

    Even my boyfriend complains about me. I feel like my personality is just horrible and when I'm trying to be funny that no one evens finds it funny. I feel like an annoyance to everyone. I'm always so outgoing and try to joke around but I guess it's too much? But it's better then...
    sarahhunnix3 sarahhunnix3 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 23

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    So I have a serious problem.

    I have low self esteem and am driving people away. I have made great strides to improve it. One of them is I recently lost 35lbs to improve my own feelings of low self esteem after I found out my husband was surfing ****. However, I still don't feel 100% about myself. I don...
    incognito78 incognito78 36-40, F 1 Response May 13

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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

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    I Am Weird

    I have a big head, horrible face, depression, bipolar disorder, assexual(option because my natural state is gay), crippled by depression over the years, I am talking about 16 years battling this illness. I have no elf-steem cause I am horrible, I dont leave the house, just go out...
    Riqq Riqq 26-30, M 17 Responses Nov 16, 2012

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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 5 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    when still in grade school i seemed to be

    picked on alot by my classmates as well as by my cousins. i didnt enjoy my time at school or during the summer/ weekends. granted sometimes my cousins were civil and nice to me but it was very seldom. i even suffered for it greatly from my dad. the teasing at school got to me...
    figmentoftheirimagination figmentoftheirimagination 26-30, F 2 Responses May 28

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    http://www.experienceproject.

    com/stories/Enjoy-Helping-Others/4382106
    converted converted 46-50, M Jun 8

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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 6 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    Helpful Daily Affirmation: Say this to yourself

    every single morning and night. 'Not everyone will think I'm good enough. There will ALWAYS be people who think I'm not good enough. I have no control over this, and I cannot change it'. It seriously works :D My goal is to say this every morning and night for 100 days then 365...
    fluffyunicorn fluffyunicorn 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 9

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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

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    I know most people are insecure about their

    appearance, but that is not the case for me. I'm average and proud. I just have the worst personality. I'm shy yet loud. I never know what my place is in any situation. I'm awkward, and I don't know how to fix this awful awkwardness I possess.
    LittleCanoe123 LittleCanoe123 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 8

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    I literally hate myself with about everything I

    have inside of me . I can't even look into a mirror without wanting to barf . I'm trying to become a happier me but it's hard when I have such a low self esteem .
    r3alfri3nds r3alfri3nds 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 8

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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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    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...
    mzwhat mzwhat 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 15

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    Or do i???? They labelled me antisocial.

    Me laughed and called them wrong. Then moronic. Then deluded. Then liars. Me fought that diagnosis for years. A case manager said it was removed. In 09. Got it in 93. 16 years fighting it. No proof he told the truth. Researched borderline...
    converted converted 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Success In Failures

    I stood in middle of road broke; cornered from all sides and felt there is no light on either sides of dark tunnel. i decided to fight this battle and asked god to strengthen me and give me one opportunity to fight back. it came and i took up and i found the light in the corner...
    giftafamily giftafamily 41-45 6 Responses Jun 9, 2012

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    I Let Men Use Me

    This kind of spurred from another post I made, that made me think about this.. I let myself be used because i have low self esteem... You'd never know it talking to me in person. Like I've said before, I'm one of the popular girls, I'm a leader, I'm the one others look up to. I...
    hayliepartychick hayliepartychick 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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    I think I feel the worst

    when I think about the size difference between me and my boyfriend. I always felt the male should be bigger, that it was simply a sign of masculinity. My Boyfriend of 5 m/o is tall and lanky, 140lbs and 5'10. I'm short and fat, 5'3 and between 125-130. At my heaviest I was 165...
    genericidiot genericidiot 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    Some ppl cut... I restrict work out purged

    once even, I live a war with food I can't eat. Food=fat=me I didn't want to be fat and I have learned to accept I'm not FAT but I'm not skinny like I want to be and it kills me, every time I get complimented I don't believe it I can't and I burn, I can't do it I can't hear it it...
    ImNotOkayWhyCantYouSeeThat ImNotOkayWhyCantYouSeeThat 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 1

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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 11 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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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

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    I wish I had best self esteem.

    To make it seem in my mind that it is actually possible for someone to like me or possibly love me one day. Or that someone can truly care about me. And that I can feel comfortable in my own skin. I just want to be happy with who I am. And not hate myself so much.
    wantinghelptochange wantinghelptochange 16-17, F 4 Responses May 29

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