Self-esteem is the building block by which most people judge themselves, and sometimes through projecting onto others, judge others. How one feels about one's own existence truly sets the stage for feeling either empowered and able to manage difficulties, or disempowered and overwhelmed when facing life's challenges. Once a negative, vicious cycle is set in place, it is often difficult and seemingly impossible to stop--depression and anxiety often follow. It does not matter so much where one intervenes, as long as the cycle is reversed. Using the GATE can help a person to bring some structure to the chaos of low self-esteem. The healthy self-esteem cycle consists of empowerment to act (no matter how small of an act), then action, which leads to increased sense of self-esteem, and finally, a little more empowerment.
Sense of empowerment==>Action==>Increase in self-esteem==>Empowerment
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