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Emotional Manipulation in Friendships and Your Self-Esteem

Emotional manipulation diminishes self-esteem and leads to abusive relationships. Here are six ways to spot it and protect yourself from emotional manipulation.

Emotional Manipulation in Friendships and Your Self-Esteem

Emotional manipulation in a friendship is toxic to your self-esteem and confidence. The worst part is that the victims are generally people who are already struggling with loving themselves or co-dependency and who often lack self-confidence. This makes it hard to recover and to protect yourself from the effects of emotional abuse. The more you know about emotional manipulation, the easier it will be to protect yourself from emotional manipulation in your friendships.

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Feeling Insecure? 12 Quotes to Improve Your Confidence

You can use inspirational quotes to improve your confidence and self-esteem. Tired of feeling insecure? Here are 12 quotes to inspire confidence.

Feeling Insecure? 12 Quotes to Improve Your Confidence

Did you know that you can use quotes to improve your confidence? Sometimes a quick self-esteem boost can come from the wise words of others (Famous Quotes for Building Self-Esteem). Whether your feeling overwhelmed, disappointed (in yourself or someone else) or need a reality check, these quotes can help you.

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How to Trust Yourself and Feel Confident Making Decisions

Wouldn’t it be nice to trust yourself again? When you get stuck in fear, insecurity and doubt your confidence decreases. Learn how to trust yourself with these simple tips.

How to Trust Yourself and Feel Confident Making Decisions

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could trust yourself and feel confident in decision-making? You may question every single thing you do, hesitate or feel like nothing you do is good enough; but there was a time when you did trust yourself. How great would it feel to reclaim that trust?  These simple tips can help you learn to trust yourself again and feel more confident when making decisions than ever before.

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How to Appear Confident and Feel Secure

Do you want to appear more confident and feel secure in your interactions with others? Here are 5 tips to appear confident and feel it too.

How to Appear Confident and Feel Secure

How does someone appear confident and feel secure? Is there a look or a secret behind why some people exude confidence? The answer may surprise you. It isn’t about what you’re wearing or what you look like, it’s about how mindful and prepared you are (How Mindfulness Can Increase Self-Confidence). Expressing yourself with others may be anxiety provoking but doesn’t have to be with these tricks on how to appear confident and feel secure. 

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Do Things You’re Not Comfortable With To Build Self-Esteem

Do Things You’re Not Comfortable With To Build Self-Esteem

It’s important to do the things you’re not comfortable with to build self-esteem. That means stepping outside of your comfort zone and challenging yourself. Naturally, you may resist doing this because it might make you anxious, fearful or just plain uncomfortable. Stepping outside of your comfort zone does take effort and it might seem easier to do nothing. However, sticking to what you’re familiar with can keep you stuck and it can damage your self-esteem. In order to create change, you need to challenge your negative feelings and do it anyway. Do the things that you’re not comfortable with and build your self-esteem.

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Stop Quitting the Things You Enjoy Because You’re Not Confident

Stop Quitting the Things You Enjoy Because You’re Not Confident

It’s important to stop quitting the things you enjoy just because you’re not confident. If you’re like many people, you may be depriving yourself of things you enjoy simply because you’re not good at them or feel inadequate. Perhaps you don’t try something because you’re afraid of exposing your weaknesses or imperfections, you fear making mistakes or you fear failure. Perhaps you compare yourself to others or worry too much about what others think. You might feel vulnerable and that can be very uncomfortable. However, doing things for the sake of enjoyment is important for your self-esteem, mental health and overall wellbeing. Stop quitting the things you enjoy just because you’re not confident.

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Stop Being Ashamed of Who You Are to Build Self-Esteem

Stop Being Ashamed of Who You Are to Build Self-Esteem

Stop being ashamed of who you are if you want to build self-esteem. Everyone has things they don’t like about themselves; however, being ashamed of who you are because of them is destructive.

Perhaps life isn’t how you planned and you don’t have the job, money, education, talents, looks, partner, friends or family you had hoped for. You might be ashamed of having an illness, condition or disability, or perhaps you’re struggling with mental health issues or mental illness stigma. Alternatively, your personality, talents or interests might be different to others around you, causing you to feel like you don’t fit in. However, shame is toxic to your wellbeing and self-esteem. It’s important to stop being ashamed of who you are to build self-esteem.

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How Insecure Thoughts Keep You From Being Happy

Insecure thoughts have a tremendous impact on your mental and physical health. Learn how to get rid of insecure thoughts for good and finally feel happy.

How Insecure Thoughts Keep You From Being Happy

Insecure thoughts keep you from being happy and impact one’s entire wellbeing. Everyone is insecure in some capacity, including me. The problem is that insecurities can be insidious and take over your life. They can keep you from feeling confident enough to try the things you know will make you happy. You don’t get to live your life when you are letting your negative thoughts and insecurities run the show. You don’t have to let insecure thoughts keep you from being happy any more.

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Learning to Say No Confidently

Learning to Say No Confidently

A challenge faced by many people, particularly those with low self-esteem, is learning to say no confidently. Too many people are afraid to say no and that comes with consequences. For example, it makes it very easy for others to take advantage of you and your own needs don’t get met. You might take on too many things or do things you resent doing. You could become overwhelmed, burned out, anxious, depressed, angry or bitter at the other person. This is not good for your physical or mental health. Learning to say no confidently is important for your own self-care and overall wellbeing.

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Keeping Calm When Others Put You Down

Keeping Calm When Others Put You Down

It’s important to keep calm when others put you down and that means staying level headed and reacting in a healthy way. Being put down by others can trigger self-esteem issues and cause emotional distress, if you allow it. The reality is that there will be people who put you down. Most people experience put downs at some point; and these can come from anyone including family members, peers, bullies or even strangers. The good news is that you can learn to keep calm and cope better when others put you down.

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