I have struggled with low self-esteem since I can remember,

lavendereyez's picture
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I have struggled with low self-esteem since I can remember, back when I first started school and really all throughout all my school years. My mom was a very unhappy person and verbally abusive. She and my dad divorced when I was 5, as mom told me, but I don’t remember him. Later on, he would come to visit but mainly argue with mom. She had painted him out to be the bad guy, and I never was able to get to know him for myself. They have both passed away now but I still struggle with things to this day.

Recently I have come to realize that I am codependent as well. Throughout my life, not many people have accepted me and I have been rejected a lot. My Christian faith has brought me a long way but when people reject me, I wonder what is wrong with me. It is so hard for me to keep friends and find people to relate to what I am going through. It looks like this site will be a good place to start.

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lavendereyez's picture
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May 20

Thank you for your kind words. God has brought me a long way but I isolated myself for many years due to the pain of relationships, etc. Now I am venturing out again and I got hurt again. My first instinct was to run away and not be online, isolate myself again, but I didn't do it. What you said that our thoughts and what we believe is so important. I am trying to see the red flags in relationships sooner and get out before I give too much of myself. Being an empath is nice but people tend to take more than they give with people like me. I have to find the balance.

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Emma160's picture
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May 21

@lavendereyez I'm in the same boat as you but the difference is my father was a narcissist ( very verbally abusive)and my mother a codependent (she couldn't even stand up for herself). Me and my sisters and brother all have low self-esteem . I wish to talk to someone about it. I have been through a lot of rejection as well and I always feel that people don't like me. Can we private message? I need to feel a connection with someone before I say everything or else I feel misunderstood when I talk or not listened to...

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lavendereyez's picture
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May 21

@Emma160 Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I would like to PM too

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