What is self worth / self esteem? Dr Matt has carried out some indepth research over the previous four years in these areas. He has developed a theory, to properly understand these concepts. He is writing a book, is almost finished and hopes to publish soon,
“Once I had developed the theory it was as if the light went on and I could really decode what people are saying about their feelings.. Things just became much clearer when understanding their needs. This means I can help clients to understand their feelings and needs as well as find their purpose and guide them to successful outcomes”
Dr Matt will help you to understand why you feel the way you do. Amazingly, he will also help to provide you with life direction based on your self worth.
What is Self-Worth?
Self-worth is the degree to which you feel confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Self-worth draws on beliefs about yourself. People with low self-worth are likely to have a low opinion of themselves. You may compare yourself to others, then judge yourself inferior.
Is Low Self-Worth a Mental Health Problem?
Having low self-worth is not a mental health problem by itself, but it is closely linked to anxiety and depression. Some of the experiences of low self-worth can also be symptoms of mental health problems, such as:
- Feeling hopeless
- Blaming yourself unfairly
- Shame and guilt
- Worrying about being unable to do things.
- Social anxiety
Detecting Low Self-Worth as an Issue
Self-worth becomes an issue when excessive self-criticism (also known as negative self-talk) becomes too much and you start to believe your inner critic. You may criticise yourself in ways you wouldn’t do to others. Repeated often enough, these negative thoughts can become so strong and frequent you start to view them as fact.
Self-worth issues can be present as “imposter syndrome”, “rebellion”, or “victimhood”
- Imposter Syndrome:You fear failure will reveal your true, flawed self. You may use perfectionism or procrastination to deal with this anxiety or you may use accomplishments or false confidence to mask your insecurities.
- Rebellion: You pretend you don’t care what others think of yourself. Your feelings of inferiority may manifest as anger or blame. You may be acting out by defying authority or breaking laws.
- Victimhood: You believe you are helpless in the face of challenges. You may use self-pity to avoid changing your situation. You often rely on others to save or guide yourself out of danger.
Because of low self-worth, you may have stopped doing hobbies you enjoy, stop taking care of yourself, start substance abuse or have a lack of focus in work or studies. Your social life may have dropped off, or you start having eating issues.
Low Self Esteem Treatment
- Avoid negative self-talk – identify and challenge your negative self-beliefs
- Connect with people who love you – Talking to loved ones about how you feel
- Learn to be assertive – learn to say “no”
- Set yourself a challenge – you don’t have to be perfect at it to enjoy yourself.
- Focus on your positives – write a list of what you like about yourself
- Take care of yourself – take care of your physical health
- Get support if things get too much – Meet with Dr Matt and talk about how he can help you.
Meet Dr Matt Worthington
DPsych (Clinical), MSc (Psych) (with Commendation), BA(Hons) Bus. Executive Coaching Programme (Distance) Cambridge University
Level 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Couples Training.
9 Months Training (online) with Boston Trauma Centre Massachusetts
Dr Matt has a flexible, down to earth, warm, easy going, value-based and compassionate approach to best accommodate his clients. He often says “being a psychologist is just about being human”. He strongly believes that the therapist’s personality, ability to build rapport and relate to a client’s world-view are of utmost importance in therapy. He is effective at quickly getting to the root of his clients’ worries and drawing on a range of evidence-based interventions to assist his clients to cope with their issues. Dr Matt can help you with life coaching and motivation issues, relationship and marriage issues, academic and self-worth issues, as well as workplace and bullying problems.
Matt works at Brisbane Counselling Centre where he has some top ratings in Brisbane. Check them out
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