How to rebuild self-esteem

Written by: Dr. Jose García Hurtado
Published: | Updated: 05/05/2020
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Self-esteem is based on the capacity to measure and trust yourself. For various reasons may be weakened. However, you can rebuild and successfully confront new challenges. The external evaluation is key in this process.   

What is self-esteem

Self-esteem is a psychological fact of great importance in personality, since it refers to the degree to which each person is valued and able to rely on the resources and qualities that make owning. Self-esteem is the foundation of self-respect and confidence, facts undoubtedly are crucial to meet the challenges that life may bring us.

The type of perception and evaluation that the individual has about himself are determinants of their motivation towards life and generate deep feelings of well-being or emotional distress.


How to develop self-esteem

Self-esteem is evolutionarily developed, according to experts in psychology , depending on how each person is going to face the many challenges life presents you at every stage of their development. In this sense, when we are able to respond satisfactorily adaptive or every challenge or obstacle is gained positive self-esteem often be accompanied by feelings of self-efficacy, and self-competence. Other times can be biographical circumstances that increase the difficulty of the process, such as body maturational deficiencies, lack of opportunities in the family home for the acquisition of skills, lack of assessment by significant others in the familiar world or social subject, and conflicts between the goals of the individual himself and what social or familiarly mind was expected of him.

Each of these circumstances can lead to deficiencies in the safety and feelings of competence and self-esteem to the deterioration of the subject.


Rebuilding self-esteem

However, a weakened self-esteem in the past, can evolve favorably if the person is able to learn to cope with new attitudes and skills critical situations at a later time may have.

Of particular relevance in the reconstruction of self-esteem would be the successful resolution of the new challenges and the assessment of such meritorious achievement by significant others of the subject's environment and of itself.

The lack of external assessment and perception of feelings of indifference or rejection emotionally meaningful contexts of the person seriously hamper the recovery of the weakened self-esteem.


Addressing the problems of self-esteem

The resolution of the problems of self-esteem require that the person concerned was aware of its shortcomings and involve active and systematic way in the acquisition of new skills that could counteract these shortcomings, and develop feelings of control, self-efficacy and assessment self.

All require individualized application of therapeutic programs to develop skills in areas in which the person feel weak or uncertain. It would also be important to foster the abandonment of anti-respectful beliefs inability or failure that could have been detected and replace them with positive nature of the coping enabling critical situations of the present moment.

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Dr. Jose García Hurtado

By Dr. Jose García Hurtado

Dr. José García Hurtado is a leading psychologist and professor in behavior and personality disorders. He began his professional career in the field of clinical psychology in 1975 and since then he is a recognized expert in the treatment of behavior and personality disorder, anxiety and stress, depression, affective disorders, social phobias and sleep and eating disorders.

On the other hand, he has a Doctorate in depression and is a specialist in the cognitive behavioral treatment of the following problems: conflicts in the couple, deficiencies in intrafamily communication, emotional pain management, obsessive emotional states and states subsequent to post-traumatic stress situations (PTSD) It is also responsible for the treatment of conflicts in adolescents and the relations between parents and children.

It emphasizes the importance of addressing treatments through validated behavioral and cognitive techniques and procedures . The duration of therapies does not generally exceed six months.

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