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How Toxic Friends Effect Our Self-Esteem

Blogger Emily Roberts explains what keeps even some of the smartest people stuck in toxic friendships and how friends affect ones self-esteem.

How Toxic Friends Effect Our Self-Esteem

Are they a friend or friendemie? It’s a question that many adults and adolescents ask themselves when thinking about those in their social circle. No, it’s not the movie Mean Girls. Sadly, it’s real life and it often doesn’t stop after you depart the halls of high school. Many times, people put up with these toxic friends because they are tough to let go. In the end, these toxic friends take a huge toll on your self-esteem.

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Body Image Problems? Get Body Confident

Therapist and HealthyPlace Blogger Emily Roberts gives 5 effective tips to increase body confidence.

Body Image Problems? Get Body Confident

Beach season is upon us. This is the time of year where body image problems really come to the surface. The warm weather brings less fabric and more of our bodies are revealed. Bathing suits and sundresses are the catalysts for packed gyms and portion control and if one is not careful, possible eating disordered behavior. In the past, I worked as a therapist in an outpatient eating disorder treatment center and late spring was our busiest season. As you can imagine, insecurity, lack of confidence and body dissatisfaction were triggered as the summer months approached. So what can you do to get body confident?

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Insecurity: Is the Media to Blame?

Insecurity comes from the media, our culture, and our inner feelings. Learn how insecurity and the media’s provocative images are related and how self-esteem can be built.

Insecurity: Is the Media to Blame?

Many times, people relate confidence and self-esteem to their outer appearance, rather than their internal qualities. This is often the first thing I hear from clients when asked what they like about themselves: they give me features that others have suggested to be physically appealing rather than skills, accomplishments, and personality traits they feel to be true.  Often, they truly don’t even believe the compliments, “well my friends say I have pretty hair” or “Other guys tell me I’m in good shape.” Let’s be honest, how can they not? It’s difficult to get that deep, especially in a culture that bombards us with images that are impossible to achieve without Photoshop. The emphasis on external perfection is detrimental to both male and females, as it confuses self-esteem and self-worth with one’s appearance.

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