Low self-esteem and narcissism are both forms of self-absorption. Low self-esteem is very paralytic. To even look at another person, to look someone else in the face, is an achievement.
There are so many people, and always have been, who struggle with dire self-loathing, either to the point of suicidal thoughts or just struggling with the daily grind of I can't look in the mirror.
The commonality is how all consuming the feelings can be, and how little they have to do with reality. Low self-esteem is a huge delusion; People are walking around with a deluded worldview and their place in it. Once we get beyond trying to pinpoint the onset of such delusions, we can work toward combating their effects.
By doing something, helping someone, learning something, you are putting your mind to a different use, but you're also giving yourself a good quality. Now you've rescued animals. Or learned French. Now you have empiric evidence that you're not awful.
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