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I Lack Self Esteem

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    I just really hate the way I look.

    I don't ever think I'll be satisfied with myself and my body.
    thelonelysoul thelonelysoul 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 16, 2014

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    Sometimes and What I Do Whe...

    Sometimes and what I do when I do is I think of 5 things that I am grateful for in my life.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 26, 2009

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    Those Who Know...

    Those that know the burden of the lack of self-esteem, there is no need to talk about the feeling. I think my problem is my own fault. I am so constantly worried about making a good impression, I often overtalk. I'm sort of like Joe Biden in that regard. I fear that everyone...
    drcynic drcynic 26-30, M 11 Responses Nov 15, 2008

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    I Make No Sense

    It's weird how little I believe in myself. Logically, I know I'm an intelligent, talented, likeable person, and yet I can never start anything because I don't think I can do it. I don't commit to things because I feel like anything I do, I won't do well enough to succeed in. I...
    elusive144 elusive144 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 6, 2013

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    I want one of my friends to contact me first.

    Just once. I feel like they only talk to me to be polite. I'm tired of feeling like a burden
    PrettyEyesBrokenSmile PrettyEyesBrokenSmile 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 29, 2014

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    I was told today that I was attractive (kinda

    funny hearing it from two girls when I'm gay) and I'm really trying hard to believe it right now. Telling yourself you are when you don't feel like it is one thing, but being told you are by someone else under the same conditions is another. It really is a self-esteem booster...
    left4deadspace left4deadspace 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    Mine Is Very Low

    My self esteem is very low and it is very hard for me.  I hate my body, I hate pretty much everything about me.  I am too tall, too fat, and feel too stupid.  I don't like talking to people, I don't like getting infront of crowds.  All of my life I have been...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2007

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    I Wish I Knew Why!!

    I have struggled with low self-esteem for as long as I can remember. I've found a million different things to blame it on (because I find that placing blame is MUCH easier than actually addressing the problem... duh) but it doesn't really help. So, I guess my question is this...
    sevvysebby sevvysebby 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 2, 2009

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    Squirrel Arms

    A few years ago my mother brought me to have a physical done. I've always thought I was fat, cuz i've never had a toned body. While we were waiting for the doctor I told my mother I had fat arms. Her reply was, "Honey, you don't have fat arms until when you wave, they wave...
    prancingprincess prancingprincess 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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    I Wish...

    Self-esteem is just like how the group logo displays. A pill that we could take and we will no longer have low self-esteem.  But the process to gaining better/higher self-esteem is a very difficult journey. I am still on that journey. 
    reset reset 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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    Ive been battling self-conscious

    and low self esteem for sometime now.. Hav u ever experienced asking ur seatmate or friends for answers for exams or seatwork? And soon finds out that ur original answers r correct instead of the answers u just copied? Wish i had the courage to just stick to my own instinct...
    Chiscuit Chiscuit 31-35, F Aug 25, 2014

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    Oh Yeah...

    Oh yeah I do and I know it! No, don't try to tell me, no you don't dear, you are alright, I swear I do! lol!I am ok. Something to work on, I guess.
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 7, 2013

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    I Blame My Father

    Nothing was ever good enough for him growing up, and now im never good enough for myself.  The standards that i hold myself to are ridiculously high.  I feel guilty if i get a B in a class cause i think it should be an A.  I feel like i have nothing intelligent or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 30, 2007

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    I Did It Again

    Got drunk last night and became violent at our flat. I know I should not touch alcohol, still I do it. I hurt friend's feelings last night. I want to know if there is a way out of all my mess. I do not want to live anymore like that, it's been too long, too much and I hate...
    carfer carfer 36-40 Jun 23, 2013

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    Do You Feel Like Me?

    I never thought that I would find myself in my mid-30s and still struggling with my self esteem.  I always wonder...is this always going to be part of my life somehow?I grew up being bullied, and in many ways did not believed that I measured up to anyone. ...
    Lucidblue Lucidblue 36-40, F 9 Responses Jan 5, 2010

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    Passed Experience

    When I was younger, I was constantly victimised and bullied, Why? Because I was shy, quiet and a dreamer. I never harmed anyone and yet people started to pick on me. They said things about my appearance and my hair, they even teased me over my accent! I was about 7 at the time...
    AngelofAries AngelofAries 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    I have low self esteem because of the way people treated me especially people I was in relationships with mainly guys I feel like I have to settle because I probably won't find...
    spiritualvirgo82 spiritualvirgo82 31-35, F 8 hrs ago

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    I always fall into this pit, because of some constant reminders and also how people think/ can't trust my own arrangements. 😒
    Gayle93 Gayle93 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    I have such a low self esteem, it's very frustrating. Recently I've fallen for a guy from my work and I can't even get myself to talk to him. Maybe he is married... How could I...
    DaNiZn DaNiZn 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    My friend is always mean to me, in a nice way. I went to practice one day and I was really mad because I had basically picked out off of my flaws. And she asked me what my...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I've got a history of self harming but my method has changed as I got older. When I was 15ish, my method of release was cutting with the sharp point of a maths compass (unusual I...
    Anon0188 Anon0188 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    For about two to three years, I have self-harmed. Mostly cutting, but I also punched myself, punched objects, starved and made myself throw up {not sure if that the last two are...
    luciethedepressedllama luciethedepressedllama 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I seriously hate some people at my school like this one girl self harms and people have found out about it and made fun of her and called her Emo like first of all u r not Emo if u...
    thatgirl180 thatgirl180 16-17 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Urgently need to fix my attitude towards myself. Self assesment is nice but i dont know how to get middle point of being realistic and being too harsh. Need your feedback, what do...
    feelthevibe feelthevibe 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    To me it honestly seems like most people today are selfish. I can even admit that I am selfish in some ways. I think it's fine to be selfish sometimes but only to a small extent. A...
    rcmh171822 rcmh171822 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I was overweight growing up. From when I was about 6 to sometime after I turned 12 when I began to realize how terrible my eating habits had gotten. After being about 160lbs in 5th...
    Elliearellano Elliearellano 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    So I joined EP a few weeks ago coming from a background of extremely low self-esteem and terrible body image and no self worth. I could never find anyone near me who was a part of...
    Others2468 Others2468 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I haven't self-harmed in two months. (Since I was last institutionalized for trying to commit suicide..again.) I've been self harming for a few years now and I've never went more...
    TheMorticiansDaughter TheMorticiansDaughter 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 22

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    I am shy,reserved, sensitive, has low self esteem and low self confidence… Growing up I never had much confident in myself - there has been many situations where I needed...
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee 22-25, F 7 Responses Jul 22

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    i used to think of myself attractive and i do remember that like yesterday..i was one of those teenage guys who would do my hair for more an than an hour to make sure it looks...
    LegendBattles LegendBattles 26-30, M Jul 21

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    Actually I have lost ALL of my self-worth and self-esteem. I'm completely empty.
    1sososad 1sososad 46-50, M Jul 21

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    It's really effected me lately. I'm afraid to do simple things, like post on here for example. I wish I could be more confident in my words, thoughts, and actions.
    lycancrux lycancrux 16-17, F Jul 20

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    I adore females. They are powerful, passionate beings. But I meet many who have lost all self-confidence, sense of worth, identity, and idea of their own power, for a variety of...
    painanddominance painanddominance 36-40, M Jul 20

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    Well I think everything is said... I don't think I am attractive or anything, so... I hope I'm funny ´cause if I'm not, I have nothing.
    Naockey Naockey 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    This is all natural no makeup and my hair natural ... I could never walk out like this in public . Do any of you guys know how I can be more confident in my natural self ? And also...
    adriannag0416 adriannag0416 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 20

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    Limitless Love I have always been a girl to always have friends & boyfriends at her side at all times. In reality, I believe the reason for this behaviour was because I loved the...
    Outlawbabes Outlawbabes 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 19

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    Being an empath makes it hard to wrap your brain around what lack of empathy looks like. We always assume people feel like we do. We reverse project our feelings and empathy onto...
    sartur sartur 36-40, F 7 Responses Jul 18

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    Since I was 11, I have always found comfort in reading self-help books. That made me keep my sanity... It was just hard growing up with folks who had never been prepared to act as...
    maleficent08 maleficent08 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 18

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    I feel ugly😭😭. Can anybody tell me wat they think
    Louis568 Louis568 13-15, M 2 Responses Jul 18

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    Olga.. No matter how many times I punch the mirror it still reflects still projects still renders that horrid reality all too clearly I don't look at myself and think "cute" I...
    JosephinaBallerina JosephinaBallerina 31-35, F 14 Responses Jul 18

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    These are 10 Assertive Rights I have as a human being that I have to say out loud 3 times a day... Assertive Right #1: I have the right to judge my own behavior, thoughts, and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 17

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    I feel like I look better with makeup and when I don't wear makeup I feel ugly
    adriannag0416 adriannag0416 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 17

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    I'm too ordinary. Nothing about me is different or stands out. Blond hair, blue eyes, proportional nose. So plain. Not to mention the self harm scars on my thighs. I'm surprised I...
    YoungOne1901 YoungOne1901 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 16

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