Paula Kruger

Clinical Psychotherapist & Counsellor

Self Confidence

Self Esteem

Building Self Confidence

Self-esteem, sometimes referred to as self-worth, can be a major factor behind success. High self-esteem will feel good, feeling of self-worth can be the best defense against negative thoughts.

Low self-esteem can leave you feeling defeated or depressed, and to feel bad is to sabotage whatever you are working towards. It can also lead people to make horrible choices, fall into destructive relationships, or fail to live to their own expectations. 

On the other hand, a grandiose sense of self-confidence, as exhibited in narcissistic personality disorder, can be off-putting to others and can even damage personal relationships.

Self-confidence levels at the extreme high and low ends of the spectrum can be harmful. Ideally, it is optimum to strike a balance between these two extremes and develop healthy self-esteem. A pragmatic and yet relentlessly positive view of yourself is generally considered ideal.

Improved Self-esteem is important as it can play a significant role in your motivation and success throughout your life. Low self-esteem may hold you back from opportunities at school or work because you don’t believe yourself to be capable of success.

Self-confidence is often seen as a consistent personality trait. It tends to be stable and enduring. Self-confidence is a system of how you believe about yourself, such as the appraisal of your own appearance, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors.

There are different factors that influence your confidence. Genetic factors may help shape overall personality and can play a role, but it is often our experiences (often early childhood) that form the basis for overall self-esteem.

In my practice, I work with you to help elevate your self-esteem to a healthier, more positive and truer self.