Low Self Esteem Statistics & Symptoms

Low Self Esteem and Low Self Confidence: Symptoms and Statistics—

There’s so much information out there about self-esteem, some of it good, some of it not. While surfing the internet I came upon some very interesting information about low self esteem and adolescent self-esteem and have listed them below.

Self Esteem Statistics and Symptoms Low Self Esteem Statistics & Symptoms

  • “Girls’ self-esteem peaks when they are 9 years old, then takes a nose dive,” clinical psychologist Robin F. Goodman writes on the New York University Child Study Center Web site.
  • Seventy-five percent of 8- and 9-year-olds who said they liked their looks. That figure dropped to 56 percent among girls ages 12 and 13.
  • Nine — Age at which at least half of all girls report having been on a diet. Eighty percent of eighth-grade girls say they are on diets.
  • Seven million girls and women who have eating disorders, compared with 1 million boys and men. Ten percent report onset at 10 years or younger; 33 percent ages 11 to 15.
  • Twenty percent College-aged women in America are bulimic.
  • Girls who watch TV commercials featuring underweight models lose self-confidence and become more dissatisfied with their own bodies (SOURCE: Dove Campaign, “Dove Campaign for Real Beauty to Help Foster Self-Esteem in Girls”.
  • One-third of all girls in grades nine to 12 think they are overweight, and 60 percent are trying to lose weight. (Quoting the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2002-2004).

According to the National Association for Self Esteem, people who have high self esteem typically possess 7 desirable traits.

7 Desirable Traits of Healthy Self-Esteem

  1. Are friendly.
  2. Have lots of energy.
  3. Smile lots and lots and lots.
  4. Feel good most of the time.
  5. Talk positively to themselves.
  6. Draw positive people to them.
  7. Are independent and able to take risks.

Moreover, a recent study released by the University of Florida (May 2007) reports that people who have high opinions of themselves as teenagers and young adults earn more money than their less confident counterparts.

READ THIS! A clear correlation exists between self-esteem and monetary achievement.

So self-esteem does indeed have a major impact on many areas of one’s life.

To get some awesome ideas of exactly how to build great self-confidence and self-esteem, please read the article about how journaling can build self-confidence in pre-teens (just remember that this advice is good for women and girls of any age!)

Low self-esteem and self-confidence are serious issues.  Please take steps today to strengthen your self-esteem and the self-esteem of your loved ones.

Here’s to improved self-esteem in everyone!


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