Issues That Affect Self-Esteem Physical Development - Going through puberty earlier or later than most girls can be embarrassing and make girls feel like they don't fit in. Appearance - Rapid weight increase at adolescence- in preparation for bearing a child later in life (girls may not understand that it is natural to gain weight and may feel uncomfortable with their bodies).
Negative self talk can lead to low self esteem, lack of confidence or even depression and this leads to more negative thought. A vicious circle. If others criticise you and your inner voice agrees with what they say then you are slowly convincing yourself that you deserve their negative criticism.
Your self-esteem is how well you think about yourself. If you have low self-esteem you think badly about yourself, or don’t think you’re worth anything. It can often be traced back to early childhood experiences, such as heavy criticism, being abandoned, and feeling unloved, or being ridiculed or abused.