It’s easy to notice someone with low self-esteem when you have it yourself. I resonate with this very well.
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 when I wasn’t angry, I had difficulty in asserting myself or speaking out and when I tried, others always had the upper hand. I retreated emotionally to avoid any challenges. That retreat was familiar, comforting and safe.
It’s easy to carry other people’s guilt, live with anxiety and stress. Those are all the components of someone who is struggling with low self-esteem.