00119 Chronic low self-esteem

00119 Chronic low self-esteem

Definition of the NANDA label

State in which the individual experiences a prolonged negative self-evaluation or negative feelings towards herself or her abilities.

Negative evaluation and/or feelings about one’s own capabilities, lasting at least three months.

Defining characteristics

• Negative verbal references about himself.
• Expression of shame or guilt.
• Feeling of inability to cope with events.
• Excessive rationalization or rejection of positive personal aspects and exaggeration of negative ones.
• Resistance to trying new things or situations.
• Frequent failures at work or other life events.
• Conformity.
• Dependence on the opinions of others.
• Lack of eye contact.
• Lack of firmness in behavior, passivity.
• Indecision.
• Exaggerated search for security.

At risk population

• Exposure to traumatic situation
• Pattern of failure
• Repeated negative reinforcement

Associated condition

• Psychiatric disorder


• Self esteem.
• Quality of life.
• Level of depression.


• Enhancement of self-esteem.
• Clarification of values.
• Enhancement of self-esteem.
• Control of mood.
• Give hope.