This is definitely a real problem and I agree with you that your so has very low self-esteem. This can certainly lead to all sorts of problems for him in adult life so it is important to sort the problem out at this stage. Before going the route of consulting clinical psychologists, I would much prefer that his father starts to play a major role in helping his on to get over his feelings of inadequacy.He must find out or should already know the areas in which your son son does well such as a a particular sport or interest. He should then make sure that he boosts his confidence and expertise in these areas as much as possible. Simply by going fishing with his son regularly he will make a huge difference to his self-esteem.
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