From my personal experiences, and my years spent writing about relationships, I’ve learned that poor self-esteem is the number one cause of unhealthy relationships, as well as the top relationship killer.Self-esteem isn’t an essential need like food or water, but it’s a supplement that can either dramatically improve your life, or keep you stunted and unfulfilled.The fact is, you can only let in as much love from the outside as you feel on the inside.

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Having high self-esteem doesn’t guarantee a happy relationship, but it does equip you with the skills to identify what you want and realize you deserve to get it, and the strength to walk away if something falls short.

Here are ten things people with high self-esteem do differently in their relationships: 1.

Confident women don’t analyze if he likes them – they assume he does.

Your son may not be as outwardly sensitive or emotional as your daughter, but that doesn’t mean his self-esteem doesn’t need a boost.

Your child may feel like he has to fit into the gender stereotype of a masculine male, keeping his low esteem to himself.

Even so, with supportive words and honest praise, you can help your son to overcome his low self-opinion and gain the confidence that he needs to succeed.

Healthy self-esteem is a prerequisite for healthy relationships.

Poor self-worth is what traps us in bad relationships, what sabotages new relationships, and what causes us to feel so devastated and broken when a relationship ends.

Self-esteem doesn’t come from blowing kisses to your reflection in the mirror or repeating “I love myself” over and over.