The Root Causes
of Low Self Esteem
On the previous page I went into a lot of discussion about self-esteem, what it is and how it may show up in your life. As we proceed we will look at where low self-esteem comes from.
The Woes Of Our Society
I was watching a recent report on CNN about the number of people in the U.S suffering from some form of mental illness. The figures were staggering and revealed that 1 in 6 people are affected by the debilitating condition.
In another report CNN revealed that the American people are 41 pounds heavier than the rest of the world and contribute ⅓ to the global rate of obesity.
In a report published in the Mail Online 30% of American girls aged between 13 to 15 years admitted to binge drinking in the last 30 day.
The number of prescriptions written in the UK in 2008 for antidepressants nearly equals the entire population, that is nearly one for every adult living there!
An estimated 2 million people in the U.K have an addiction to some form of substance or activity and the U.K is ranked at number 3 in the world for the highest number of sexual active teenagers.
Alcohol and substance abuse is on the rise and dependency to prescription drugs is quickly overtaking illegal synthetic drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Crimes unheard of 10 years ago such as cyber bullying, choking games and sexting are on the increase and a regular feature on the evening news.
Quite a bleak picture huh? Let’s not get too bogged down on the statistics even though most would agree that we have seen a moral decline taking place across the globe in recent years.
While there are many factors that contribute to the moral decay of our society such as poverty, racism, sexism, crime, unemployment, poor housing etc there is a common thread that I believe is the biggest factor of all.
More and more we are becoming a society that relies on instant external gratification or a quick fix solution to solve our problems.
If you feel depressed your doctor prescribes an anti-depressant.
If you are bored, the feeling is soon satisfied with a night on the town, binge drinking with a group of friends.
If you are lonely and feel isolated just jump on face book or twitter and find 872 instant friends waiting to validate you.
Want sex? There is a quick fix for that in the numerous websites that will service your every desire.
Overweight with a chronic heart condition and hypertension? Not to worry, there is medication for that too!
While the above conditions all rely on an external response, temporarily solution or some short-term satisfaction, the underlying cause of the condition remains unresolved.
Living in a society which focuses on the symptom and not the cause is a downward spiral to disaster or like putting a band aid over a broken arm!
Furthermore ignoring the cause, has far reaching consequences for you and every facet of our society.
Healing from the Inside Out
What is the deep underlying condition that society is trying to fix but keeps looking in all the wrong places?
I believe there is an enormous internal void that we spend all our time and energy trying to fill externally. If only we changed our focus and spent less time looking outside, we would discover the answers are within.
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The ills of society are nothing more than the collective outpouring of our inner pain.
In relation to low self-esteem or any other dysfunction or disease, when you start the process of loving, valuing and respecting yourself, the need for external gratification will become less and less. Your appreciation and enjoyment of life will come from the inside.
Does that mean no more face book? No it does not have to mean that at all. But what you will see is that face book is no longer a crutch holding up your life. You will have friends but they will not be hiding behind the wall of your virtual home page, they will be real and meaningful. They will come into your life not from the click of a button, but from the positive energy you send out.
You will feel important not because you have become some pretentious character created in the cyber world. It will derive from a sense of appreciation of yourself and your value to the entire Universe.
You will be visible not because you gained some street cred from your D.U.I* because you wanted to fit in. The whole world will see you through your presence which will not just be seen, it will be felt glowing from within.
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Loving yourself from within does not mean you cannot enjoy the things you did before it just means you will experience them differently.
It will no longer be from a state of desperation and dependency but from a refined state of balance and harmony.
Now let us move onto some practical tips and techniques for the healing process.
*(drinking under the influence)
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