“How we feel about ourselves crucially affects virtually every aspect of our experience, from the way we function at work, in love, in sex, to the way we operate as parents, to how high in life we are likely to rise. Our responses to events are shaped by who and what we think we are. The dramas of our lives are the reflections of our most private visions of ourselves. Thus self-esteem is the key to success or failure.
Apart from problems that are biological in origin, I can not think of a single psychological difficulty – from anxiety and depressions, to fear of intimacy or of success, to alcohol or drug abuse, to underachievement at school or at work, to spouse battering or child molestation, to sexual dysfunctions or emotional immaturity, to suicide or crimes of violence – that is not traceable to poor self-esteem. Of all the judgments we pass, none is as important as the one we pass or ourselves. Positive self-esteem is a cardinal requirement of a fulfilling life.”
Dr. Nathaniel Branden, Ph. D., How to Raise Your Self-Esteem