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Treating Low Self-Confidence

How Can Low Self-Confidence be identified?

Low self-confidence can come in many forms, and can start at any given point in life.

Not feeling confident on daily basis, having trouble coming to decisions and then sticking with them, preferring to do a favor for someone else rather than help one’s self, constantly worrying about what others will think, having trouble making new friends or relationships, making a big deal out of failures and downplaying successes, are all signs of low self-confidence.

Low self-confidence takes a toll on a person’s everyday life’ and constantly suffer from it. It also prevents a person from rising up and reaching his or her potential, because the weight of what others think is too heavy to bear.

Low self-confidence does not mean that one also suffers from depression or anxiety, but they can be side effects to low self-confidence, each one having its own diagnosis and treatment.

The following are signs which may indicate low self-confidence:

  • Duality- Some people who suffer from low self-confidence will outwardly show a great amount of confidence and success, while the feeling inside is that of unworthiness.
  • Deception- Some people who suffer from low self-confidence will outwardly act with over exaggerated confidence.
  • Failures are focused on, exaggerated and blown out proportion while successes are downplayed and attributed to someone or something else.
  • The inability to bask in one’s success.
  • Indecisiveness.
  • Avoiding challenging situations such as job interviews, dates or a high level job, just to name a few.
  • Constant stress over “being OK with everybody”.
  • Constant worry over what people will think or how they will react.

Treating Low Self-Confidence

The best way to treat low self-confidence is with dynamic psychotherapy. This type of treatment is an ongoing conversation between the therapist and the patient, thus forming a therapeutic relationship of trust. Forming that bond is the first step in treatment and allows the patient to trust another and build up his or her self-worth.

Some treatments may be done by cognitive behavioral therapy or by practice, but these do not give the patient the all-encompassing confidence he or she needs, and most times only help the patient in certain situations, and do not delve into depth to find the root of the issue. Dynamic therapy, on the other hand, finds the root and builds from there.

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Dynamic therapy, as mentioned before, tried to find the root of the problem. In order to do so, the therapist and patient discuss and analyze present and past experiences, even form childhood, which bring up feeling of low self-confidence.

In addition to discussing and analyzing, the therapist will work with the patient in order to change thinking patters and behaviors which keep the patient’s self-confidence low.

Dynamic therapy is a long process and requires many sessions. Therefore it is important to find a therapist who is trustworthy, has a warm demeanor, one to which the patient can open up to and freely express his or hers feelings.

Our clinic has staff members who are extremely experienced in treating low self-confidence, and would be happy to meet with anyone looking for treatment.

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