Low self-esteem can hold us back in many ways; not going for that promotion, not making new friends, not asking for a date. But where does it come from? It can come from our early experiences, such as being bullied or rejected. Then we make conclusions about ourselves which become our ‘core beliefs’ which we assume to be ‘statements of fact’ which in turn shape the way we cope in certain situations. It can help to remember that not all your thoughts are facts that you have to believe about yourself!
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