Insecurity is characterised by the loss of emotional stability or self-confidence. Sufferers perceive themselves to be unloved, inadequate or lacking self-worth. Insecurity can lead to psychological problems or over-compensatory behaviour such as bullying or aggression.
Insecurity affects people in a number of ways either during specific
situations or in everyday life. Some people find that in the workplace
they feel secure but in social situations they feel uncomfortable. In
some cases, insecurity can completely cripple an individual leading to
Some insecurity is natural and can act as a warning sign when faced with risky situations. Severe insecurity is often the result of a traumatic experience, abuse or neglect during childhood. Some people become insecure after a bereavement or loss. Insecurity within a relationship is often caused by a perceived loss of trust in a partner or loved one.
The overriding cause of insecurity is typically due to low self-esteem. Strong feelings of fear about everyday situations and activities can be extremely limiting causing a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.
Insecurity can have a variety of associated symptoms which are usually signs of other conditions such as anxiety. Symptoms can be physical, emotional and psychological and may include:
Insecurity is not a condition in itself but indicates other
psychological problems such as anxiety or low self-esteem. In the first
instance, visit your GP and discuss how the impact of feeling insecure
is causing you problems.
The GP may make an initial assessment to determine if you are suffering with other mental health problems and then refer you to a specialist to help you understand the root cause of your insecurities.