Case Study: Mable’s Search for Self-Esteem

Case Study Mable’s Search for Self-Esteem

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Mable said during one of her counseling sessions that her dad was unstable, which typically manifested as pouting or verbal outbursts toward her and her three siblings. Mable is nineteen now but remembers in vivid detail balling up in a fetal position many nights as she listened from her bedroom the “fights” between her dad and mom.

Her mother worked full-time outside of the home. For the most part, Mable reared herself during the day, while at night she lived in low-grade fear, never knowing what her dad may do next. During high school, she dated several boys and was promiscuous with most of them.

She just broke up with another boyfriend, which is why she wants to see you for counseling. From her perspective, she is suffering from low self-esteem. She has read In Search of Significance and several other self-help books that teach how her primary problem is a low view of herself, which is how she came to her conclusion.

Mable became a believer two years ago but has grown very little, due to her lack of connection with her local church and nobody willing to take her under their wing for ongoing discipleship.

Case Study Questions:

  1. Is her problem low self-esteem? Why did you answer the question the way that you did?
  2. What is the difference (if any) between low self-esteem and low self-worth? Be clear and specific with your answer.
  3. What books would you suggest for Mable to read? Why?

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