Self-esteem Articles

Boyfriend Needs Help

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 29th, 2014
I think my boyfriend might have a mental illness. How can I talk to him about it? How can I get him help? I'm afraid that when I talk to him about it he will become angry and push me away or leave the relationship. ...

Wasn’t Allowed to Speak

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
My parents adopted me when I was six months old and kept me from talking as a child, but I was okay with it because they were usually working and had their business partners at the house, so I was always quiet and didn't interrupt. ...

Why Am I This Way?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 25th, 2014
Well, let me make this very short. When I was younger, I used to isolate myself a lot. I had a computer, so I was addicted to it. I couldn't spend a single day of my life without it. It was similar to ...

Our Daughter has Disengaged from the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
From the U.S.: Our 21 year old daughter recently told me and my husband that she does not feel close to our family and does not care at this point. My daughter is the youngest and has an older sister (three years older). My husband ...

Never Feeling Love Enough

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I have a constant need for love that is never satisfied. I ask for hugs and physical contact and attention constantly, even though I have a strong and loving environment. I feel as though I have an empty hole in my stomach that can only ...

I Have Done Nothing with My Life

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
From Ireland: I'm 18 never drunk, never had a girlfriend, never took drugs or smoke and never went out. My friends call me the perfect son but I just feel I'm wasting my life. my friends ask me out all the time but I feel ...

How Do I Restore Self-Esteem?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
From Egypt: I had a relation with a younger guy. For the first few weeks, everything was wonderful when we were meeting over weekends. We shared many thoughts and memories as well and we seemed to be nice and supporting each others. We also had ...

Anxiety When Receiving Praise

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I would like to know how to stop feeling anxious when receiving praise. When I was growing up, praise I got was deflected by my mom, and then when it was just the two of us later, she'd snap at me and tell me I ...

Is My Girlfriend Over Me?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
I asked her friend if she is done with me and she said she has been busy with work and soccer that she forgot about me and moved on. I went on vacation or 2 weeks and this is what happened. She said she felt ...

The Little Voice in My Head Drives Me Mad!

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Hi there, so I can’t seem to find a definitive answer on this. I continuously have these voices in my head, which when I was younger didn't bother me but I find nowadays that instead of "that little voice" just being there to ...

Fighting Hypothyroidism

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
From the UK: I'm a 28 year year old female suffering from Hypothyroidism. I am really down because I am really overweight and when I'm down like this, I just comfort eat. This causes me to feel even more down so then I just eat ...

I am Hurt and Ashamed, and So Are My Parents and Sibling

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 28th, 2014
My parents have always been ashamed of me because I married the man that they did not want me to marry. And after almost 20 years of my marriage, I ended up in a divorce. My parents' reaction was mixed -- they were ...