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What’s the correct adjective to describe something that has the ability to make someone feel bad about themselves or lose their confidence?

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Disheartening

If something is disheartening, it makes you feel disappointed and less confident or less hopeful. -- Collins

Demoralizing

If something is demoralizing, it makes you lose so much confidence in what you are doing that you want to give up. -- Collins


If something just has the ability to make you feel bad or lose confidence, you may want to qualify these words by saying "potentially disheartening" or "potentially demoralizing".

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