Community//

Lack of self-esteem

Lack of self-esteem is a subject of therapy quite often. At a glance, there are a variety of reasons for lacking self-esteem. To be able to go further we have to know the definition. In short, self-esteem is a sense of personal worth and ability that is fundamental to an individual’s identity. For the purpose […]

Lack of self-esteem is a subject of therapy quite often. At a glance, there are a variety of reasons for lacking self-esteem. To be able to go further we have to know the definition. In short, self-esteem is a sense of personal worth and ability that is fundamental to an individual’s identity.

For the purpose of this article, we will focus on a hypothesis that self-esteem carries a pattern that may have an influence on the immune system.

Following this idea, talking about self-esteem actually gives us an opportunity to grow or at least move forward.

Self-esteem is very often confused with self-confidence. Self-esteem refers to how you feel about yourself overall; how much esteem, positive regard, or self-love you have. Self-confidence is how you feel about your abilities and can vary from situation to situation.

Turning to the previous thought, when we have self-esteem, it is not a problem that we do not have too much self-confidence in certain situations, because we have the courage to initiate change and therefore reinforce self-confidence. So what happens is a success, thus we grow, and if we do not have success, we have the desire to move on until we have success. It follows that keeping up self-esteem is functionally important.

To understand the pattern we need to know how the immune system works. The pattern of behaviour of the immune system is applicable to the pattern of human behaviour. However, if we know what is necessary to improve the immune function, this may be what can be delivered psychologically.

When antigens are detected, several types of cells work together to recognize them and respond. These cells trigger the B lymphocytes to produce antibodies – proteins that are able to lock onto specific antigens.

T lymphocytes are a part of the adaptive immune system that destroys antigens that have been tagged by antibodies or cells that have been infected or somehow changed. The T cells are also part of the system that activates other cells (such as phagocytes) to do their jobs.

What does it mean? The key is in the responses. When an autoimmune disease is present, generally speaking, the immune system fights its own cells because the system of recognition of antigens is failing, thus the healthy cell is misinterpreted as antigen.

So we are talking about an exaggerated (fight) or subdued (flight) response. Fight, flight, or freeze response, as they are commonly known in psychology. Perhaps we can explain the moment of freeze when do not have enough T and B lymphocytes, but this type of deficiency is related to certain diseases.

Now, what if an overactive immune system is influenced by exaggerated self-esteem? And what if a subdued immune system is influenced by too low self-esteem? It follows that healthy self-esteem also means balance. Logically, the moment of a freeze, thus a deficiency of T and B lymphocytes, means severely low self-esteem.

A long-spanning survey about experiences with bullying has shown a couple of numbers related to this topic.

What if low self-esteem caused by these experiences led to the occurrence of certain immune dysfunctions or at least be able a trigger? Obvious is an influence of possible genetic inheritance. It is psychosomatically possible to say that self-esteem closes the healthy function of the whole immune system.

Let’s say that due to the experience of bullying low self-esteem became a core belief of the subconsciousness because this mostly happens in a period of forming a personality. Nevertheless, it has a pattern.

Here’re the numbers from the survey:

  • 84.91% of respondents were 10 – 19 years old.
  • 69.81% gave preference to others before self in relation to self-esteem.
  • 32.08% had cancer in their family.
  • 54.72% had a mental disorder in their family.
    The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    group-working-out
    Community//

    5 Unusual Ways to Improve Self Esteem

    by Brian Hughes
    Community//

    30 facts about confidence that are worth pondering upon

    by Evelyn Marinoff
    Well-Being//

    Self-Compassion: The New Self-Esteem for Women

    by Alexandra Jamieson

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.