Low self esteem diminishes personal confidence, reduces your capability to approach and enjoy new life experiences and in many cases, can lead to negative coping behaviors, such as substance abuse or aggression targeted at loved ones, and for those in recovery, low self esteem can too often lead to relapse (a recurrence of a past condition).

Here it is the list of situations that cause low self-esteem:

  • negative work environment
  • other people’s behaviour
  • changing environment
  • past experience
  • negative world view

Low self-esteem can also result from various factors, including genetic factors, physical appearance or weight, mental health issues, socioeconomic status, peer pressure or bullying. Some depend on the approval and praise of others when evaluating self-worth. Others may measure their likability in terms of successes: others will accept themselves if they succeed but will not if they fail.

Low self-esteem may also lead to physical symptoms, such as exhaustion and headaches.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance. Erectile dysfunction may produce a profound sense of loss. Men may try to make sense of the cause of their erectile dysfunction, which may include guilt or the pressures of business or work, or they may want to confirm that an existing medical problem is the cause rather than their feelings for their partner or their sexuality. Men frequently cited psychological stress, organic disease, and aging as causes for erectile dysfunction in a study of men's sexual beliefs and attitudes. Men's emotional reactions to erectile dysfunction include denial, embarrassment, depression, and acceptance. In keeping with this, men who have intermittent erection problems are less likely to seek treatment.

Idiopathic male infertility

Infertility predisposes the couples to mental and psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, and partner abuse. The problems infertile men have with sexual inadequacy stem from social ridicule and resulting low self-esteem. It is estimated that 40% of infertile individuals experience significant emotional distress with possible long-term implications.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is a compulsive anxiety disorder, and tends to manifest mostly in women with low self esteem, anxiety and perfectionist traits. Anorexia becomes a compulsion for control, with the control of food intake used as a coping method for otherwise difficult emotions and as a way to retain a sense of order and control over an uncontrollable world.


Vaginismus is the involuntary (not under the woman’s conscious control) clamping of the vaginal muscles. A condition that affects a woman's ability to engage in vaginal penetration, including sexual intercourse and manual penetration. Sexual dysfunction such as vaginismus may include addressing low self esteem, guilt, and self-destructive impulses. It may result in marital or relationship difficulties.

Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a common male sexual dysfunction. PE was associated with a range of negative psychological effects, including anxiety, depression, and distress in men and their female partners. Negative psychological effects might play an important role in precipitating or maintaining PE and seriously impair male health and couples’ sexual relationships.

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