Low self-esteem is common in todayâ€™s era. Comparing ourselves to others happens every day, and realistically, whose self-esteem wouldnâ€™t be hurt by this? With social media being a huge part of our lives, itâ€™s easy to get caught up in the success of our friends, family, distant friends, and even people we donâ€™t know â€” leading to harsh judgments on ourselves. However, what we donâ€™t realize is how this can lower our self-esteem and inadvertently affect out relationships. So how can you tell if low-self esteem is affecting your relationship? Here are some key consequences:
- When there is a negative relationship event, you (or your partner) take it personally (even when it may be a completely external force creating tension)
- When there is a positive relationship event, you (or your partner) DONâ€™T take it personally (credit should be given, where credit is dueâ€”feeling proud isnâ€™t always a bad thing!!)
- You (or your partner) doubts their value to others
- You (or your partner) donâ€™t have trust in your/their love and caring
- You (or your partner) anticipate rejection and try to self-protect
So how can these affects be mitigated? Reassurance. Giving reassurance can boost feelings of security and lead to more confidence. The best way to do this is to reframe compliments in a more abstract way, making compliments more meaningful and more likely to be remembered. It is not uncommon for strangers to give you a quick compliment that can sometimes be hard to believe. But, when a compliment can be put into a sentence with background information, it shows that someone really put thought into it. When we know someone, like our partner, has thought about us, we feel flattered and reassured, giving us a boost of self-esteem!!