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I Have Low Self-esteem

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    The First Step In Building My Self-esteem.

    I feel like I'm at a crossroads of my life. I can either learn to love my body, accept my imperfections, and spend my energy focusing on cultivating my own interests, showing others in my life the compassion and love I feel for them, and growing professionally and personally OR...
    ClareTheresa ClareTheresa 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 3, 2012

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    Why am I so stupid. I was staying the night

    with my BFF and her older bro was there who I like. We played truth and dare and he kissed me. He is 5 years older than me and I am a minor. We made our and he showed me his ****. I freaked out and just left. Idk what to do. If I tell my friend why I truly left she will never...
    babyelm99 babyelm99 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 1

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    People always ask: why are you

    so down on yourself? Why do you think you're ugly? Takes me back to all those times I've been called so many names.. Been pushed around and told I was worthless.. All the different guys.. They got what they wanted. Because I feel worthless, ugly, fat.. And ill never be good...
    DepressingKayla DepressingKayla 16-17, F 1 Response May 6

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    My Food Problem

    Hey. I'm a 16 year old female. 5'0 and I weigh 105 pounds. I have a terrible relationship with food and a crippling self body image. I'm told I'm thin and at risk of deloping an eating disorder and yet I see something so fat when I look in the mirror. I have gotten to the point...
    MsSilva21 MsSilva21 16-17 1 Response Mar 9, 2013

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    No matter what I look like,

    no matter where I go, I always feel terrible when people are looking at me!
    taylor0430 taylor0430 18-21, F 5 Responses May 2

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    My Story

    I've had really bad self-esteem ever since my stepmother came into my family. I know I shouldn't listen to the things she says about me and to me, and I know I shouldn't think about them too much, but I can't help it. As a result I can never get into a proper relationship. All...
    stellarvore stellarvore 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 15, 2007

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    It Varies a Lot. ...

    It varies a lot. If I'm going out for a few drinks and I've piled on the make up I'm usually pretty confident. I do however have days when I will leave the house, walk down the road and feel so self conscious that I have to turn around and go back to make sure I look OK. I'd love...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 2007

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    I Hate Having Low Self Esteem :'(

    I think i have had it most of my life, i think mainly due to not getting much love. I live with my 2 sisters and my mum, we are pretty dysfunctional my mum has depression and lots of issues, she doesn't know how to be a mother or show love, and it bothers me a lot. My dad has...
    KathAnn01 KathAnn01 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 14, 2011

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      The names.. uh just called me miawlady,

    I’m 17 y/o teenager that (quite) overweight. I always find problem to find clothes and stuff. It’s not like I’m being drama queen or overeacting.it just my body is not like the average people in my country... well I can say I live, born, and raised in Indonesia. But my...
    miawlady miawlady 16-17, F 1 Response May 18

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    With my first real post I want to be honest

    and open up with something that has been bothering me for years. I am sure several people post similar things but this is my honest and true feeling... I have low self-esteem and I feel my life has been a failure so far. But I that is not what is bothering me the most. What...
    SkipperSkips SkipperSkips 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 13

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    Work In Progress

    Today randomly I stumbled across a book review on Amazon and it inspired me to write a story. Unfortunately I lost the book I read the review on and can no longer find the author or the book title but the one thing that stood out to me was a customers review of how it helped...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 7 Responses Nov 26, 2012

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    I think I'm kind and funny,

    which are definitely qualities that I wouldn't trade for attractiveness. But sometimes I just feel like I fade behind my other friends who are prettier and more confident than I am. I've always been kind of on the shy side, so it's hard for me to open up and be myself around...
    livebyphil4thirteen livebyphil4thirteen 18-21 1 Response Feb 12

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    A was with this guy who destroyed my confidence

    I now feel fat and ugly and worthless because I wasn't good enough for him.
    grimesfoster grimesfoster 18-21, F Apr 7

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    It's What Makes Me Shy a Lot of the Time.

    It's not that I'm a boring person, (of course maybe I am) I just get really shy in public, I want to dissapear, the way my friends act sometimes, all giddy and cheerful. I think I battle with the things that I hate about myself but cannot change, and am therefore subconciously...
    LonelySoul LonelySoul 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 18, 2007

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    Better Than I Could Have Imagined

    This might be long so if you are in for a quick read, move along. ;) I am 23 years old a married to the man of my dreams. Met him in high school and saw him from across the room and thought, now he... is attractive! Now, I am not the barbie doll high school girl who can get any...
    myasmommy121511 myasmommy121511 22-25, F Jan 1, 2013

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    People always tell me to start talking up more

    and getting more active but I dont wanna come out of something that seems so comfortable and soothing which is my shell because in my shell I feel no one will judge me talk about me or ignore me and thats what im afraid of. Peoples thoughts and opinions about me. That will break...
    miamor12 miamor12 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 6

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    All my life even now I've been looked at like

    an outsider. Someone who doesn't belong. Growing up I remember never getting a girlfriend, and always getting called the ugly one, while every guy in my class got to kiss a girl. I know it was a long time ago, but I can still remember how it made me feel. Lonely, depressed...
    drummingguy drummingguy 31-35, M 4 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    Every person has dealt with low self-esteem

    and so have I. It’s not the best feeling in the world, but it’s not that bad either. The way we value ourselves is a hard thing to change. No matter how much pressure some person has on you to change your self-esteem, it’s just not going to happen – simple as that. There...
    ari5t0crat ari5t0crat 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 17

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    And I have no reason to.

    I was blessed with a fast metabolism and size 0 waist, people call me pretty, I get hit on when I go out. But I've always found a way to hate the way I look.
    breeziibee breeziibee 18-21, F Apr 10

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    Petite And Upset

    I have always had self-esteem issues, especially because of the way I look. I always got bullied for being short and skinny...Age 12, when all my classmates were starting to hit their growth spurt, I just stopped growing. No, literally. I can still fit in the clothes I bought...
    righteouschica righteouschica 18-21, F 4 Responses May 2, 2013

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    I bounce back and forth everyday between

    feeling good about myself and feeling like I am worthless. A lot of this has to do with my appearance, even though I know I am an attractive girl. Many times I look and the mirror and think that no one could ever love me. I wish I didn't think such horrible things about myself...
    alittlerose alittlerose 18-21, F Jul 16

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    I'm really having trouble with this ****,

    I don't feel like I'm pretty enough to impress guys, I have low self-esteem.. Whenever somebody tells me that I'm so pretty I just don't feel it.. I feel like they're lying. This feeling sucks, how can I fix it?
    delilahehab delilahehab 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    "I'm so ugly, but that's okay,

    'cause so are you."
    yungnymphet yungnymphet 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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    Self Esteem Issues

    I have self esteem issues for various reasons 1) Always had a stutter and endured verbal abuse from bullies growing up. Switch school systems and refused to speak, being a mute is more socially acceptably then being a stutter 2) Older sister that was labeled a child genius...
    isty isty 46-50 1 Response Jun 25, 2011

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    Always have had low self-esteem.

    When people say I'm beautiful or pretty I automatically shut it down. I look in the mirror and see so many flaws and things I wish I could change. I get "god made me this way" but why do some people have to be perfect while others are "ugly?" I also get that guys think having...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    Insecure

    never skinny enough, my smiles never right, my laugh's too loud, i have bags under my eyes, my hair is too poofy, my teeth are funny colored no matter how many times i brush them, my feet are awkward, my legs have too many scars, the mole on my cheek has got to be unattractive...
    PrincessAtHeart PrincessAtHeart 13-15, F 3 Responses May 10, 2012

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    Who Am I?

    i totally have low self esteem. i thought as i got older i would change but i haven't. i don't know why i was put on this earth. i haven't done much with my life. i don't know what i want to do. i just exist really. i feel so alone sometimes, then when my boyfriend is around, he...
    prettyinpink prettyinpink 46-50, F 5 Responses Mar 25, 2007

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    I have the lowest self-esteem.

    Let's see. I spent most of my childhood up until the age of 12 sitting around at home, supposedly "home schooled." By the time I started 7th grade at a public school, I had NO social skills and it took several years for me to become even close to normal. As a result, every time...
    tgf12 tgf12 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I feel like Everyone's better

    than I am, idk why:/
    chaaayy chaaayy 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 20

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    I Hav Low Self Esteem

    I underestimate myself for my outer appearance and my bad IQ brain.... Am not good at anything and now am typing this but I don't think I will get a reply for this .... I know not even a person will check to my profile ... But still I feel relieved while scribbling out everything...
    Hariprashanth Hariprashanth 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 24, 2013

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    What Is Wrong With Me?

    I am worried all the time. I worry about absolutely every thing I do. I can’t communicate with people always. That scares me. I think I am not good enough and i think people may not like me. I know this is all caused by my low self-esteem. I visit psychologist and that has made...
    kkkklll kkkklll 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 27, 2013

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    I have the lowest self-esteem.

    Let's see. I spent most of my childhood up until the age of 12 sitting around at home, supposedly "home schooled." By the time I started 7th grade at a public school, I had NO social skills and it took several years for me to become even close to normal. As a result, every time...
    tgf12 tgf12 18-21, M Apr 10

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    The Thin Line

    I cannot tell the truth about myself. I think I cannot tell the difference between truth and the perceived truth,the way things are and the way I see things.Get delighted by actually degrading myself. Oh you so poor thing,why do this ?,why do that?...your body is not going to...
    artpinkz artpinkz 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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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 Jun 1

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    I Have a Very Low Self-este...

    I have a very low self-esteem and self worth.  It's been this was for as long as I remember.
    keyna keyna 36-40, F 8 Responses Apr 10, 2008

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    I am never happy with myself.

    I constantly compare myself to other people and convince myself I am not good enough for anybody. I wish I could be comfortable in my own skin.
    musicgurl96 musicgurl96 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    This is what I feel Maybe this can help people

    understand how I feel I guess I have never really liked myself but I could just pass it off and not let it get me down but since like July of this year it's been really bad I have lost 38lbs and 58.5 inches but never see myself any smaller I just see big huge blobs of fat I...
    willieverbegoodenough willieverbegoodenough 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 9, 2013

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    I Was Bullied, And It Destroyed My Self-esteem...

    This is my very first experience that I am posting on the Experience Project.  I wanted to start off with a bang, I suppose.I have never known a single year in my school career where I wasn't bullied.  I went through some of the most horrific things that no child should have...
    captainhero518 captainhero518 26-30 5 Responses Oct 6, 2011

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    Manipulator

    I am just new here and I am the kind of guy with a superficially low self-esteem and due to this I am very reluctant to share this to anyone else because I fear criticisms but due to this feeling I'm bearing, I thought to myself that only my last resort-- the internet-- can help...
    xwindsor xwindsor 18-21 Dec 31, 2012

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    Feeling Worthless

    i have no self esteem. i think myself inferior and lower to everybody else. i am ugly fat and stupid and dont like who i am at all. i once told the man im in love with that he can do much better and he should just leave me now because it will happen sooner or later. he is the...
    gottabesome1 gottabesome1 16-17 3 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    Low Lower And Even Lower

    i am overweight 105kg. i am ugly. i am worth nothing. all through my life i have been put down and even worse i put my self down. im in uni now and i still walk around with my head on the floor. i never look up. its all so noone can see me. i have got so good at hiding i now feel...
    midnightsmistake midnightsmistake 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2012

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    I am sooooo ugly, or average

    which is ugly in my book, bleh
    Danchou Danchou 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 7

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    Don'T Know Why.

    Everything. Everything is always my fault. Doesn't matter what it is. The printer breaks and I'm around? My fault. Someone's angry? My fault. My thoughts are only these; "You're useless,' 'You're worth nothing,' and the last one 'You're just a drama queen' because of what my...
    xpoudrerie xpoudrerie 13-15, F Aug 23, 2013

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    I Hate Myself

    I have many regrets and I hate myself. Sometimes I wish I would simply die in my sleep peacefully and never wake up.
    mcbob74 mcbob74 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 26, 2011

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    Self-esteem, Never Worked For Me

    I have low self-esteem.  I belive that self-esteem is a gift that your parents should give you, mine forgot.  I always give my kids a big brimming bowl of self-esteem each day, because once you walk out the door for the day the world begins to pick at your self-esteem...
    Freestanding Freestanding 51-55, F 6 Responses Sep 13, 2007

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    I Need To Get This Off My Chest

    I'm a 19 year old college student who has had low self esteem since I could remember. Growing up, I always felt like the ugly duckling around all of my friends who would of course try to convince me otherwise. I never believe them. I never believe the compliments that anyone...
    Summertimefun Summertimefun 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 22, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    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...
    DavidRHall1996 DavidRHall1996 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 11

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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...
    r3alfri3nds r3alfri3nds 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 8

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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...
    weby667 weby667 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 19

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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...
    Diamond1029 Diamond1029 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 7

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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...
    Cartwheel3694 Cartwheel3694 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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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...
    willieverbegoodenough willieverbegoodenough 22-25, F Jul 16

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