Self-esteem is a difficult thing to quantify. If you have too much of it, you could be considered arrogant -too little of it and you're insecure. To my mind, you can never have too much since an overdose is never harmful. However, the other end of the spectrum - low self esteem - often sends us on a downward spiral.
Many addictions and mental disorders manifest as a result of poor self-esteem. We are attracted to the wrong people because of the negative self image we hold. Everyone else becomes an expert and knows better. We don't act on our deepest yearnings in case it doesn't get approval. We hide our light under a bushel. We find it hard to accept compliments. We look in the mirror and all we notice are the imperfections. We don't even dare look deeply into our souls because we can't face the truth. We lie to ourselves and drown our dreams in the whirlpools of our inadequacies. Low self-esteem makes us think that we're not in control.
Low self-esteem comes with a price tag and it's extortionate. The ego becomes distorted and many become freaks of their own making. The important thing is to recognise it and deal with it.
Face your fears and slay the inner demon. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Stop paying your tolls and break out!