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Entries tagged with “Self-Esteem”

“Why Do I Still Struggle So Much With Self-Esteem?”

Struggling with self-esteem? You're not alone.

10 Telltale Signs of Low Self-Esteem

Anneli Rufus is a frequent contributor to Spirituality & Health. Her books Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and the Nautilus Award-winning Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On examined our lives as individuals in a crowded world. Rufus’ upcoming work, Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, will be released by Tarcher Penguin in the spring and continues this path, addressing self-esteem. It serves as the catalyst for this blog and asks: Why do we feel the way we do about ourselves?

3 New Year's Anti-Resolutions Guaranteed Not to Sink Your Self-Esteem

For some, resolutions are not the path to a better life.

3 Ways to Reconnect With Things We Love

We quit things we love because we believe ourselves unworthy. 

4 Favors that People with Low Self-Esteem Want You to Do for Them

Here are four small favors that those who don't hate themselves can do for those of us who do.

5 Techniques to Fight Back Your Inner Critic

Talk back to your inner critic with these tactics, including using funny voices with fake accents.


5 Things Narcissists Do on Holidays

​And how to respond safely.

8 Reasons Why We Hate Shopping

How shopping can trigger low self-esteem issues.

9 Things You Might Assume Are Your Fault, But Aren't

When blaming yourself for your own suffering becomes a core belief.

Are We Really as Useless as We Feel?

“When we feel useless, we wish we could be instead brilliant and brawny, angelic and fierce, valiantly taking action. But inaction—or what looks like it—is often useful, too.”

Are You Playing Dead?

Reviewing 2013, I thought: This was the year in which I wrote a book and visited Italy. But this was also the year in which I didn't get my blood pressure checked, take up square-d…

Can Talking to Strangers Raise Our Self-Esteem?

Strangers see us with fresh eyes.

Can Travel Help Us Stop Hating Ourselves?

Seeing the world can help you see yourself in a new light.

Crossing the River of Self-Doubt

In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., shares how to tackle self-doubt and low self-esteem.

Do We Talk Too Much About Our Pain?

In a world of constant sharing—a debate about how much is too much.

Does Everyone Call You "Negative"?

I'm not telepathic. But I probably know something about you. It's this: If you have low self-esteem, you're often accused of being "negative." They call you morbid, morose, a dow…

For a Positive Body Image, Choose Self-Compassion over Self-Esteem

“Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections.” —Diane Von Furstenberg A new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has …

Heal Your Relationship with Your Body

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror at your body with disgust, or punished yourself for eating one too many cookies by spending hours on the treadmill, then you may recognize that …

How (Besides Self-Hatingly) to Analyze Any Situation

After a long walk, I sat on a bench in a small city park and unwrapped a fresh pastry. I had just bitten the pastry when a man entered the park, unzipped his trousers and urinated…

How Self-Loathing Makes Us Look (Mistakenly) Like the World's Best Partners

I've been called the perfect partner, the source of all happiness, a dream-come-true. And while such stratospheric grandiosities are nice to hear, they're hard to believe. Hey, I…

How to Derail Our Self-Hatred Habits

Question these habits so you can change them.

How to Survive Holidays Spent With People We're Supposed to Love, But Don't

If you are facing holidays this year with Those You Cannot Love, here are 4 helpful tactics.

How to Tell Your Stories Without Casting Yourself as the Victim

Empower yourself to shift the stories you tell.

Inheriting Low Self-Esteem

What if your self-hatred is not actually yours?

It's OK to Envy Belle Delphine

What is your sense of purpose?

Meditation Is Hard When You Hate Yourself

Maybe at some point you decided to try meditation—thinking it might help you resemble those placid, robe-draped figures chanting in the documentaries. Maybe you marveled at t…

People-Pleaser Syndrome Almost Always Backfires

If you and I meet anytime, in any way, today, these things will almost certainly occur: I'll say yes when my heart and mind mean no. I'll feel, perhaps throughout our entire inte…

Reveal Your True Self to the World

Everywhere I go, I see people taking selfies. Upon first glance, it looks like we are a society full of narcissists. It is comical to see people posing for themselves, making goofy…

Science & Spirit: Faking Extroversion, Politics Causing Illness, Self-Esteem Boosts Friendships

Should you pretend to be an extrovert? It can be surprisingly effective, a new report claims. Meanwhile, another published paper says that toxic politics are making Americans ill … surprising no one. For these stories, and a bonus story on self-esteem, read on.

Sexploits

Dear Eve,I am writing because I’m in a funk. I have a wonderful marriage of almost four years. We are extremely open-minded and fun-loving individuals and through the years I have …

Sometimes "Sorry" Means Something Else

 Having agreed to meet a friend for lunch, I waved while entering the restaurant.“Sorry I’m late,” I said.She looked up at the clock.“You’re not.”“You look great,” I said. “So…

Strategies for Decluttering Your Space ... and Your Sense of Self

If you are triggered by the prospect of decluttering, here are three gentler ways to ponder it.

That's Not Just Negative Self-Talk. That's Rage.

Recently I started having trouble sleeping. Awake at 4 a.m., I'd scold myself: Relax! You crazy anxious maniac! You're ruining tonight and turning tomorrow into sleep-deprived hell…

The Food and Drink Industry Plays With Our Heads, Because It Can

Last week at the Fancy Food Show, an annual marketplace where over 1,000 food and drink purveyors showcase their wares, I tasted buttered coffee, beet ketchup, bay-leaf bitters, ci…

The Messy and Magnificent Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth shares helpful insight why we need to face our challenges head on.

The Self-Denial Diary

This exercise illuminates our motivations, good and ill, which might help us avoid self-destructive extremes.

The Self-Loathing Look

In a public place thousands of miles from here, a stranger identified me as someone who lives in the same town as himself. I happen to hate this town, where the person behind you …

The Toxic Tide of Expectations

How high expectations can sabotage your self-esteem.

Valentine’s Day: Don’t Seek Love, Be Love

So often when Valentine’s Day is approaching, we all start looking for signs of love outside of ourselves—chocolate, cards, phone calls, flowers, gifts or other sweet sentiments. T…

Were You Abused by Accident?

When you are a victim of abuse, your mind comes up with all the reasons it's not really happening.

What Did R. Kelly Steal?

Sometimes low self-esteem starts with high self-esteem.

What If the Survivor You Need to Believe Is ... You?

Disbelieving ourselves only sustains our suffering.

Which Masks Does Your Low Self-Esteem Wear?

Which costumes does your low self-esteem wear? 

Why Does Optimism Feel So Weird?

When you have low self-esteem, optimism doesn't come easy.

Write Your Own Self-Compassion Proposal

Compassion is a virtue. But what if, by inborn instinct or after diligent learning and practice, you attain this virtue—deeply feeling and expressing compassion for others o…

Write Your Self-Hatred a Thank-You Letter

Could your self-hatred be a coping strategy you never let go?

You Ask Us What We Want....

For those of us who struggle with low self-esteem, desire can be triggering.

Your Self-Esteem is Not the Problem

Like everyone else, I’ve had difficult times in my life. I’ve had bad breakups, I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve been hurt. In these difficult moments, a lot of people have cheerfully …

Your Unchosen Lifelong Companion Is ... You

Do you find it difficult to love yourself? I mean: to truly relish looking at and being with and thinking of yourself? When those of us who hate ourselves are told to love ourselv…

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