Self-esteem issues and how hypnotherapy can help

What is self-esteem?

The term self-esteem explains a person’s overall sense of personal value and self-worth. Basically, how much you appreciate yourself.

• Self-esteem can involve several different views about yourself, just like the judgment of your own emotions, behaviours, appearance and beliefs.

• Self-esteem can also be viewed as a personality trait, which means that it is often enduring and stable.

What causes low self-esteem?

Self-esteem is believed to be formed by your past experiences. During life, we will get positive and negative messages, all of which can have an impact on how we look at ourselves.

This type of feedback can come from family, peers even comments from strangers in places like a park or supermarket. We are more responsive and receptive to those negative messages which are more likely to be stored in the subconscious mind. Trauma can have a major impact on your self-esteem levels. Traumatic experiences can lower our feelings of confidence and self-worth, along with the trust we have. Self-esteem can present itself on a scale. Some will struggle in particular situations, yet some with have an abundance. People who have low self-esteem, will feel a level of self-worth that is constant.

People who have self-esteem issues may feel and experience the following:

• Boredom and a lack of motivation
• Depression and hopelessness
• Lacking assertiveness
• Hearing negative, critical self-talk
• Life feels like a failure
• Oversensitive to criticism

How hypnotherapy can help overcome self-esteem issues

While continuously facing our fears can become a tool for enhancing your self-esteem levels, it can be a challenge.

It can be hard to stay on course and keep doing that thing that we would rather not do.

One way to look at it is, negative self-talk becomes an addiction. Many will feel the pain that the addiction is causing; we also might see the effect it is having on relationships. We may know that it is destroying our performance at work, social situations or our emotional health. Yet we cannot stop. The urge that addicts can hear that tells them to use again is the same as negative self-talk. Hypnotherapy can be successful for self-esteem issues as it can be used to repair the mind. Hypnosis can re-teach the subconscious mind to be more supportive in our day to day lives we live. The negative, irrational thoughts can be replaced with helpful information.

Think of hypnotherapy as meditation that has a goal. Meditation has been used for years to help people learn to calm their mind and find inner peace and to practice automatic thinking. Hypnotherapy goes one step more and adds a goal.
In a hypnotherapy session, your body and mind will be guided into a state of relaxation and awareness. When you are in this state the behaviour of the brain changes. The mind becomes completely relaxed, and we are able to access our subconscious mind. It doesn’t stop there, though, as we can then bypass the critical mind and then go straight to the inside voice and speak directly with it. When we are in the state of hypnosis, the brain becomes very receptive to ideas.

When we hear mantras in a state of hypnosis, we start to feel confident in everything that we do, and it becomes something we are more likely to stick to. We have dodged the vital conscious level that is always quick to analyse and qualify suggestions.

A hypnotherapist can use many different techniques to empower and repair your subconscious mind. It doesn’t matter what method; the fact is that the idea stays the same. In a hypnosis state, we can add more beneficial and supportive information to the subliminal mind. We can work to drive out the adverse thinking patterns that are producing our self-esteem problems in the first place.