Self-Loathing is sometimes described in more socially acceptable language as a "lack of self-esteem" or "stinking thinking". Self-Loathing is also known as Autophobia.
Self-Loathing falls into two common categories
Hatred of one's own self, actions and characteristics
Rejection of one's demographic origin - such as ethnic origin, religious orientation, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.
Self-Loathing is common among people who grew up in an unsupportive family environment where there was child abuse, neglect, emotional trauma or chronic criticism.
Symptoms of self-loathing include chemical dependency, alcohol & drug abuse, self-harm, self-destructive promiscuity, fits of rage and dissociation.
Self-loathing may be intermittent and may be suddenly triggered by disappointments, struggles, painful memories or anxiety about the future. These triggers can create an overwhelming flood of feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and powerlessness in an individual who suffers from a personality disorder - which can lead to self-destructive behaviors, emotional withdrawal or aggressive behaviors towards loved ones and family members.
Examples of Self-Loathing:
"Nobody loves me"
"Things will never get any better."
"I'm useless. I always screw everything up."
"He/she could never really love the real me."
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