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Dr. Ranson is a registered psychologist with 20 years of professional practice helping individuals and couples resolve their inner, interpersonal, or circumstantial difficulties to live happier, more satisfying, and more successful lives. See what she treats, review her approach, confirm her credentials, ask her a question, or book an appointment. 

Self-esteem

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Issues with self-esteem occur on a continuum from a lack of confidence in social situations to having no sense of who one is, or how one is viewed by others. The latter is called having no "sense of self." A lack of self-esteem can manifest variously as:

  • chronic interpersonal insecurity
  • shyness or social avoidance
  • chameleon-like behavior that changes from interaction to interaction
  • vulnerability to peer pressure
  • lack of direction and/or inability to make decisions
  • interpersonal jealousy
  • excessive (compensatory) arrogance or conceit
  • competitiveness
  • in severe cases, addiction to cosmetic surgery

Issues with self-esteem often underlie difficulties at school, work, or in intimate relationships, and often co-occur with mood disorders such as depression and/or anxiety. Additionally, issues with self-esteem can be caused or complicated by other conditions such as ADD, ADHD, weight issues, handicaps, or other conditions that cause one to feel "different" or conspicuous. Self-esteem is often easily developed or improved through targeted psychotherapy.