Of course, doing things you think are wrong also has a negative effect on your self-esteem, so it can become a vicious cycle. This can have serious consequences. For example: Chris is about to have unprotected intercourse with Terry. Chris has herpes and feels really embarrassed about it. Chris doesn't tell Terry, out of fear of losing the relationship. Terry ends up getting herpes, too. Or Joe and Anna are about to have intercourse. Joe pulls out a condom. Anna really wants him to like her, so she tells him he doesn't need to use a condom. If he has good self-esteem, Joe may simply smile and say it's his policy to use condoms, and go ahead and use it. If he doesn't have good self-esteem, he may not feel confident enough to go ahead
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and do what he feels is right in order to protect them both. He may risk a pregnancy or an STD because of his low self-esteem. Risky behaviours such as having intercourse without condoms may be an indication of poor self-esteem-not valuing yourself... [continues]
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