Self-esteem is the driving force behind everything we do. When it bottoms out, so do we. And given how often it happens, that’s a problem. Low self-esteem? Beware the two headed monster.

Indeed, in our minds we’re exactly what we think all day long – pretty much worthless.

Depression, anxiety, mania – expectations, letdowns, blame, guilt, shame, defeat.

Is it any wonder those of us with a mood or anxiety disorder are often devoured by low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem: The two headed monster

Don’t doubt it, low self-esteem is a ferocious two headed monster, each noggin constantly feeding the other.

It’s not real complicated…

One head delivers the low self-esteem generated by our mental, emotional, and biological wiring. The other dumps a second – even larger – load in response.

And the vicious cycle can be endless.

The only way to defend ourselves is to change how we think, feel, and behave. But keep in mind, it only happens with insight and acceptance.

That’s how we neutralize the two headed monster.

Assess, engage, and monitor

Like anything else we deal with, the neutralizing process is never easy, even if we have a well-rehearsed plan in our back pocket.

Look, here’s the bottom-line. If that two headed beast isn’t assessed, engaged, and monitored, we’ll face one humiliating beating after another.

And make no mistake, low self-esteem will spread like wildfire into all aspects of our lives, making our mood and anxiety circumstances an even more torturous living hell.

I mean, it’s hard enough to face the world when we’re being attacked by backbreaking symptoms. But when the two headed monster thumps its chest, the bottoming out comes quickly – and the fall is hard.

Ready for change

The words of 19th century philosopher and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson…

Man is what he thinks all day long.

True, don’t you think? Woman too, by the way. And we end up walking around with our chins to our chest because of our perceived lack of even an ounce of redeeming value.

Indeed, in our minds we’re exactly what we think all day long – pretty much worthless.

The possibilities become limitless

poor self-esteem

“Yeah, the two headed monster was eating me alive. No more. I’ll assess, engage, and monitor – daily.”

If we can accept – right now – that we’re dangerously low in self-esteem, we have every reason to be optimistic.

That’s because it means we’re ready for change, therefore the possibilities become limitless.

You know what else? We’ll feel so good when our healing self-esteem begins to produce positive results.

And when our symptoms become noticeably less intense, we’ll transition from existing to truly living.

The two headed monster has been neutralized.

Beware the two headed monster

Do you agree that self-esteem is the driving force behind everything we do? If so, you know full well that when it bottoms out, so do you.

Don’t let that happen, okay? Make it your business to assess, engage, and monitor your adversary – daily.

Always, beware the two headed monster.

You know, I’ve learned that finding meaning – purpose – in life can really amp up self-esteem. Check out Finding a Little Meaning in Life Goes a Long Way.

Several days after posting I decided we need a part two, if you will. Take a look at Low self-esteem: Slay the two headed monster.

And if you’re looking for more Chipur mood and anxiety info and inspiration articles, search no more. The titles await.

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