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How to handle low self esteem?

Q: I am just 23 years old but I behave in a manner of an aged person. I have a fear of losing. I have achieved very few things in my life and have a great sense of insecurity in profession. This hampers my self confidence and I get nervous very often. As I am a marketing professional, it is essential for me to be confident. I have no backing from my family and am staying away from the family since last 9 yrs (earlier for education and now due to my job). I have no emotional attachmennt with my family and have no good friends either. I have a separate world of my own where I have my own thoughts, my dreams, my imaginations, my worrries etc. I want to enjoy life and this world. Please tell me ways to boost up my confidence.

A:Your problems seem to be related to a low self esteem. It is not clear whether you have a psychiatric disorder like social phobia or depression. To improve your self esteem you will have to identify its sources. These are usually lack of competence - perceived or real - in domains important to you. For example, professional, social, emotional etc. Focussing on ones failures and weaknesses and ignoring the achievements dents your confidence like nothing else. Identify your areas of competence and value them. Improve the skills which you lack e.g. communication skills, asserting yourself, problem solving and any real skills which help you in achieving your professional goals. Learn to relax by yoga, meditation or any other method you know. I advise you to consult a psychologist who will help you systematically by behaviour or psychotherapy.

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