The Link Between Low Self-Esteem And Depression Analysis

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Alan originally came in because he was concerned about his three-year relationship with his girlfriend Lani. Due to the fact that he came in to the clinic with this problem, it is safe to assume that he wants it back on track. To do that, his self-esteem will be an issue that needs to be addressed and tackled. In an article titled Understanding the Link Between Low Self-Esteem and Depression, authors Ulrich Orth and Richard W. Robbins, offer this definition for self-esteem, “Self-esteem refers to an individual’s subjective evaluation of his or her worth as a person” (Orth & Robbins 2013). Based off of the descriptions Alan gave about himself, self-esteem is currently not one of his strengths. Alan’s lack of self-esteem is affecting every aspect …show more content…
While not the same thing, one usually stems from the other and can complicate matters which could bring that feeling of “lost and adrift” that Alan reported, to painful levels. However, that connection between low self-esteem and depression is hard to pinpoint as the two often meld together and the lines of distinction are blurred. Psychologists with the University of Basel, Julia Friederike Sowislo and Orth, conducted a study with regards to what the precise nature of the relationship between low self-esteem and depression is. In a section of their study that addresses that particular relationship, Sowislo and Orth write that people who have low self-esteem “tend to avoid people by whom they feel their self-esteem might be threatened and to conceal their inner thoughts and feelings from others” (Sowislo & Orth, 2013). Alan is currently doing just that; he is concealing his thoughts and feelings from Lani. One of the big concerns about Alan’s lack of self-esteem is the presence of depression, especially since depression can lead to poor overall health (Sowislo & Orth, …show more content…
Rogers believed “that when a therapist demonstrates the ‘core conditions’ of unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding, and congruence and when the client perceives these at least to a minimal degree, then psycho- therapeutic personality change and its positive correlates are inevitable” (Kirschenbaum & Jourdon, 2005). Rogers developed this theory in 1957 and according to Kirschenbaum and Jourdon’s article, The Current Status of Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach; current research shows that this method is still an effective form of

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