There are many factors in life that influence your self-esteem. These factors can either build you up, or bring you down.
Your childhood is one of the main influences on your self-esteem.
When you are growing up, everyone around you has the potential to influence the person you become.
For example, children that grow up in chaotic home environments tend to have low self-esteem, often carrying this burden their entire lives.
The pressures of society are a main contributor to low self-esteem.
Everyone is pressured to live a certain way, dress a certain way, have a certain kind of job and act accordingly.
These pressures can weigh on you, often leading to emotional despair.
Our absolute obsession with the media, whether it is print ads, television, or social media, definitely undermine healthy emotional development, especially in today’s youth.
The ready access of social media is a major influence on young minds to look or act like celebrities, public figures, or even their peers.
It can be hard not to compare yourself to others even as an adult, and overwhelming for young people struggling with identity issues.
Religions and belief systems can contribute to your sense of self-worth.
Your means of worship can build you up, filling your life with love and joy.
Conversely, some religions suggest that people are inherently bad (sinners), despite the quality of their lifestyles.
While most belief systems are not designed to control and oppress individuals, sometimes their practices and ideas can negatively influence self-esteem.