We all feel insecure from time to time—whether we openly admit it or not. It’s one of the most human feelings, and there’s really no shame in it. What matters more is how you deal with your insecurities. Depending on how you respond to them, insecurities often deteriorate one’s self-esteem, so it’s important to learn how to deal with them properly—and ideally, eventually, overcome them.
According to sex and relationship therapist Emily Jamea, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, insecurity can be described as a feeling of doubt that your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or other aspects of yourself are not valid or worthwhile. This self-doubt is often triggered by our experiences or interpersonal situations.