Overcoming low self esteem: “Where was my self respect?”
Our self-esteem or positive self concept, and how well and deeply we value ourselves, and impacts how fully we can live and realize our talents.
The horrific experience of abuse interests me as a creativity researcher for how it can distort awareness and self concept in such destructive ways, and how much it can shut down or divert energy you could otherwise use for creative expression.
Although these experiences may not be something you can simply “get over,” many creative people report gaining strength, self-awareness and inspiration from what they have had to deal with.
From her Psychology Today article: Self-esteem vs. Self-respect.