In spite of all the complicated analysis of causes and cures, it all comes down to learning to like ourselves. Simple! Not surprisingly, we like ourselves when we behave in likable ways; we respect ourselves when our behavior is respectable; we honor our own honorable deeds. There's nothing confusing or complicated about it. Nor is there anything mysterious about feeling bad when we behave badly or feeling abused when we walk in the company of abusers. We learn to like ourselves when we do the things that boost our integrity and refrain from doing what damages it. The truth couldn't be plainer and neither could the implication. Any action we take, no matter how small, either adds to or diminishes our treasure.
H/T: Believing In Myself