Self-Esteem: How It Affects Your Friendship

In an ideal world, you & your friend should be on the same wavelength. You should be in tune with each other, have the same values, and have the same common interests. When your self-esteem is low,  it may affect your friendship. investigates how your self-esteem can affect your friendship.

Identifying the Signs of a Low Self-Esteem

If you find yourself surrounded by people who belittle you. Or you are not able to accept compliments or you are apologizing for things that other people do not apologize for. Or you battle to make eye contact with people, you may be suffering from low self-esteem. The good news is that you can change behavior and boost your self-esteem.

Clingy Behaviour

Low self-esteem affects the way that you interact with people and can cause a rift in your friendship. Being clingy can be annoying and may drive your friend to put some distance between you and them. The same goes for jealous behavior. You may choose to only have one friend but your choice is not your friend’s choice. Having a close-knit group of friends is a good thing. You can draw on each of your friend’s strengths and boost your self-esteem by emulating the best of each of them.

I Can’t Make Friends

Your self-esteem may lead you to feel that making friends is almost impossible. The truth is, it is your own opinion of yourself that is stopping you from making new friends. Taking the risk and inviting someone out for a cup of coffee may lead to a wonderful new friendship. You need to put yourself out there to be able to meet new people.

Cut the Toxic

When you suffer from low self-esteem, you may find yourself gravitating towards people who do not respect you. Because you do not respect yourself. Surrounding yourself with people who do not value you and take joy in hurting or belittling you. It only encourages you to continue negative thoughts about yourself.

Read More:  Leave  a Toxic Relationship with Dignity

Learn to Communicate

When your self-esteem is low, you will take your friend’s behaviors more. You will need to learn to communicate how you are feeling when it is something important. And learn how to let it go when it is not that important. Effective communication skills and positive internal dialogue is vital for all relationships.

Be Aware

You are not the one suffering from low self-esteem. If you are in a positive space, you should make yourself aware of any of your friends who may be suffering from self-esteem issues. Encouraging them with positive dialogue, helping them to come out of their shell, and getting them to understand. You are comfortable with assisting them in their journey to high self-esteem is a wonderful thing. You will be helping another human being and you will end up with a positive happy friend for life.

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