As adults we have a tendency to rate our abilities and worth in relation to how we see others and/or how we think others see us.
We are normally our own worst critics and our negative views of ourselves can result in us having a low opinion of ourselves which in turn can lead us to setting ourselves impossible goals.
Low self-esteem can present itself in many different ways.
Some of the more common ways are striving for perfection
, comparing ourselves to others, criticising our own work, not acknowledging our own needs, not asking for help when we need it.