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What causes low self-esteem? (i)

I have been going on and on about how important it is to have a healthy self-image, how to develop it and the impact it has on your life but I have never explained how people get to that point where they see themselves as small or not good enough. 

Well, here are few causes I came across while researching:

1. Upbringing 

The bulk of why we act the way we do now can be traced back to the way we were raised. How you were treated as a child, the kind of environment your parents created for you etc., go a long way in affecting the way we turn out. So, parents take note. 

2. Temperament

If you are familiar with Tim LaHaye's work, you would know all about temperaments. According to his views, certain people are naturally predisposed to some behaviours. For example, a phlegmatic is more likely to battle low self-esteem because they are very critical people, though they may not voice their feelings. 

3. Trauma

When someone goes through a traumatic experience, especially of a sexual nature, more often than not, it steals the person's self-esteem. Also, a terrible accident that messes with oneself appearance could also cause it. 

4. Race or gender

To be frank, as black people a form of systemic indoctrination has taken place to tell us we are not good enough. It takes a great deal of personal development for you not to think a white man is better than you. Also, as a woman in this part of the world, people would even be shocked when you are self-confident because of the belief that a woman should be subjugated. 

There are more causes I will be discussing soon. 

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