; 66% believe that they are “worthless and useless.”
o 57% consider themselves a failure.
o 51% feel that they will never amount to anything significant.
- Set unrealistic expectations or excessively high standards for themselves. For example:
o 54% said that a partial failure is just as bad as a complete failure.
o 49% said that if they can’t do something perfectly, they would rather not do it.
o 38% said that failing any one thing makes them a failure as a person.
Queendom’s research also reveals that individuals with low self-esteem are more likely to have been diagnosed with depression – and those whose self-esteem is particularly low seem to be the most likely to seek out therapy.
“When a person suffers from low self-esteem, it acts like a virus, spreading and infecting the individual’s thought patterns, feelings, and behaviors,” explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “You start to question yourself – your skills, your ability to succeed, and even your relationships. You start to worry about everything. You become cautious and reluctant to take any risks. Your self-doubt results in decisions that reflect your lack of faith in yourself, like not going for that job, not asking that person out, or not asserting yourself when you should. Essentially, once low self-esteem infiltrates your life, it becomes a part of who you are – you start to believe the lies it tells you, and may end up becoming the failure that you think you are.”
So what do the researchers at PsychTests recommend?
“We want to challenge people to spend one week consciously taking note of all the times t
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