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Low Self Esteem Case Study

McManus, F., Waite, P. and Shafran, R. (2009) Cognitive-behavior therapy for low self-esteem: a case example. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16 (3). pp. 266-275. ISSN 1077-7229


Low self-esteem is a common, disabling, and distressing problem that has been shown to be involved in the etiology and maintenance of range of Axis I disorders. Hence, it is a priority to develop effective treatments for low self-esteem. A cognitive-behavioral conceptualization of low self-esteem has been proposed and a cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) program described (Fennell, 1997, 1999). As yet there has been no systematic evaluation of this treatment with routine clinical populations. The current case report describes the assessment, formulation, and treatment of a patient with low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety symptoms. At the end of treatment (12 sessions over 6 months), and at 1-year follow-up, the treatment showed large effect sizes on measures of depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. The patient no longer met diagnostic criteria for any psychiatric disorder, and showed reliable and clinically significant change on all measures. As far as we are aware, there are no other published case studies of CBT for low self-esteem that report pre- and posttreatment evaluations, or follow-up data. Hence, this case provides an initial contribution to the evidence base for the efficacy of CBT for low self-esteem. However, further research is needed to confirm the efficacy of CBT for low self-esteem and to compare its efficacy and effectiveness to alternative treatments, including diagnosis-specific CBT protocols.

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People with "bad" looks feel inferior when compared to other people with "good" looks. The feeling of inferiority is, to a certain extent, developed based on social standards of what are "good" or "bad" looks. But again, parents' opinions are important as they can make or break a child's self confidence as they grew up.
* Negative Experience: Some causes of low self esteem are due to negative experience and external circumstances. While children tend to absorb the negativity around the experience, adults also take in the negativity that can hurt a person's self esteem.
* Child Abuse: Many people with low self esteem have a common history of either physical or mental abuse during their childhood. Both cases can be cured by taking a deeper approach and clearing the subconscious mind of the damage.

Characteristics of People with Low Self Esteem 1. Social withdrawal 2. Anxiety and emotional turmoil 3. Lack of social skills and self confidence. Depression and/or bouts of sadness 4. Less social conformity 5. Eating disorders 6. Inability to accept compliments 7. An Inability to see oneself objectively 8. Giving more importance to the negative aspects of a situation 9. Exaggerated concern over what other people think 10. Self neglect 11. Treating oneself badly but not other people 12. Worrying whether one has treated others badly 13. Reluctance to take on

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