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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 I Recovered From a Self-Esteem Setback

A self-esteem setback can happen to anyone, even this therapist. Here’s what to do to prevent and heal from a self-esteem setback

How I Recovered From a Self-Esteem Setback

No matter who you are, you’ve likely experienced a self-esteem setback. When it feels like the world knocks you down, your self-esteem can diminish greatly. Whether it’s a breakup, breakdown, broken promise, tragic event or career challenge, other people and situations outside of our control do impact our emotions and how we see ourselves (Anxiety and a Sense of Control). I recently recovered from a self-esteem setback and know how hard it can be. However, the rewards to you, your self-esteem and self-respect are worth it.

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Stop Overgeneralisation to Build Self-Esteem

Stop Overgeneralisation to Build Self-Esteem

Overgeneralisation is a common problem that’s associated with low self-esteem, as well as other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety (Low Self-Esteem and Mental Illness). If you overgeneralise, you make assumptions or draw conclusions that are very broad and distorted. Note that overgeneralisation is not the same as seeing the bigger picture. Bigger picture thinking can be very valuable and healthy. However, overgeneralisation is a type of negative thinking that distorts reality; it is an unbalanced perception and an unhealthy way of thinking. It can magnify the negatives which can be damaging. The good news is that you can learn to stop overgeneralising and build your self-esteem.

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Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence

Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence

Cancelling plans can be easy to do when your confidence is low. You may be anxious or uncomfortable, and those feelings will probably intensify as the plans draw nearer (take the Social Anxiety Disorder Test: Do I Have Social Anxiety?). Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and negative thoughts might take over. Negative feelings can get so uncomfortable, and pulling out of your plans may seem like the easiest thing to do. However, cancelling plans or not showing up can make things worse. It’s important to stop cancelling plans because of low confidence.

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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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Practicing Self-Compassion Can Increase Self-Esteem

Practicing self-compassion can increase your self-esteem and health. Here are 10 ways to practice self-compassion today.

Practicing Self-Compassion Can Increase Self-Esteem

Practicing self-compassion can help you increase self-esteem, become more confident and less critical with yourself. Self-compassion is a positive self-view that involves relating to oneself with kindness and acceptance in times of difficulty, rather than criticizing, you look at your situation with compassion. Learn how to increase your self-esteem by practicing self-compassion.

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Identifying Your Good Qualities When You Feel Worthless

Identifying Your Good Qualities When You Feel Worthless

Identifying your good qualities can be challenging when you believe you’re worthless or have low self-esteem. When you’re feeling worthless, your negative thoughts distort your perception of yourself and you overlook the positives. However, they’re not the truth even though you might believe it. No matter who you are, you are not worthless and you do have good qualities. Identifying your good qualities even if you feel worthless can help guide you to the things you’re suited to, find meaning or purpose in your life, and most importantly, to see your own worth so you can build your self-esteem.

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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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Parenting a Child Who Has Low Self-Esteem

When parenting a child who has low self-esteem it can be hard to know what to say or do. Psychotherapist Emily Roberts has 4 tips for parents that work.

Parenting a Child Who Has Low Self-Esteem

Parenting a child who has low self-esteem is tough. Many parents I talk to blame themselves, their child’s peers and in many cases even the child (Empowering Kids to Deal With Bullies and Low Self-Esteem). The problem is that helping a teen or child who has low self-esteem is a puzzle, but there are some important pieces that can make a big change in their lives.

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