It’s easy to notice someone with low self-esteem when you have it yourself.
A person with low self-esteem is critical, will self-doubt their abilities and will live with guilt for underachieving on so many levels. They also don’t put much value on themselves and instead of focusing on the positives, will only see their flaws and weaknesses.
As a child, we may have difficulties in asserting ourselves and when we do, others may have the upper hand. We may retreat emotionally to avoid any challenges. That retreat will be familiar, comforting and safe.
But it’s easy to carry other people’s guilt and live with anxiety and stress. These are all the components of someone who is struggling with low self-esteem.