Self-esteem and communication are two sides of the same coin. Self-esteem often dictates aspects of an individual’s communication style.
Non-productive and unhealthy communication styles often stem from problems in how we judge the importance of ourselves and others.
Someone with very low self-esteem, for example, may be prone to passive communication techniques. Such people may deem their opinions and needs as important enough to voice.
This can be a vicious circle, creating a situation where an individual is the target of abuse or aggression, thus perpetuating the view that he or she is unworthy of healthy displays of love, affection and respect.