Ways That Low Self-Esteem Hurts Your Relationships

Low self-esteem can affect your life in so many ways. Not only can it severely undermine your quality of living, but it can wreak havoc on your relationships with other people.

Romantic Relationships

Your romantic relationships are severely affected by low self-esteem. Not only do you risk the strength of your relationship with all of the negativity you feel, but this outlook can affect so many facets of a relationship. For example, people with low self-esteem are more likely to find themselves in relationships that are controlling, unhappy, and either physically or emotionally abusive.

Relationships with Friends

When your self-esteem is low, it can be hard to both make and keep friends. People with low self-esteem often have a hard time meeting quality friends that bring out the good in them and boost their morale, which is what they sorely need. Low self-esteem can also cause negative effects on existing relationships. The negativity and self-loathing can weigh on a friendship, and cause people to drift apart.

Family Relationships

Even the people that you have known your entire life can be affected by your low self-esteem. They might feel powerless to do or say anything that might help you, or they might find themselves in a situation where they do not feel comfortable.

Your Relationship with Yourself

Most importantly, a low self-esteem can affect your relationship with the one person who will always be there for you no matter what – you. Your relationship with yourself is probably the most important relationship that feeds the negative outcome of a low self-esteem.

Out in the Real World

There are many ways in which a low self-esteem can affect your relationships outside of the people close to you as well. The people that you work with or just meet in passing are all affected by your overall presence and personality.

People Take Advantage

Although it is hard to admit it, there are some people in the world that take advantage of people who don’t feel worthy or self-confident. Unfortunately, people who have a low self-worth are the ones that most often find themselves victims of scams, bad relationships, and other such situations.

Pulling Them Down

Whether you realize it or not, a negative sense of self-worth can reflect on your overall persona. No matter how hard you work to put on a strong and happy face, the pain and negativity you feel is often palpable to the people around you. Whether they realize what is causing it or not, just your mood can pull a room of people down.

You Can Overcome

The good news is that you can overcome your low self-esteem and learn to love yourself for the wonderful person that you are. There is a light at the tunnel. With a little introspection and some work, you can find the confidence, self-worth, and respect that you truly deserve.

From your relationship with yourself, to every single person around you, a low self-esteem can truly affect your relationships. From the way you carry yourself, to what you let people get away with, your relationships and your quality of living can all be negatively affected by a low self-esteem. Luckily, you don’t have to let this happen. You can overcome your low self-esteem and build lasting healthy relationships.

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