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Avoid Self-Esteem Traps: Narcissism, Resentment and Jealousy

Avoid Self-Esteem Traps: Narcissism, Resentment and Jealousy

Self-esteem traps are mental mistakes that come from thinking you're superior to other people. But you can learn how to avoid self-esteem traps. Find out how.

You can avoid the self-esteem traps that create unrealistic self-importance instead of healthy self-esteem. You should continue to build yourself up despite possible self-esteem traps because living with low self-esteem has many negative consequences as well. Low self-esteem can make you unwilling and unmotivated to achieve what you are capable of, averse to relationships that you deserve, and it can make you vulnerable to depression.1 In order to protect yourself, it is, therefore, vital to build your self-esteem. However, there are ways that build self-esteem that can end up fostering other negative outcomes in your life, or self-esteem traps. If you want to maximize your wellbeing and have more positive interactions with people, then it pays to be mindful of the self-esteem traps of narcissism, jealousy and resentment.

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How to Build Self-Esteem After a Breakup

How to Build Self-Esteem After a Breakup

The end of a romantic relationship can lead many of us to think negatively about ourselves. But there are ways to build self-esteem after a breakup. Find out how.

Rebuilding your self-esteem after a breakup can be tough, as anyone who has gone through a rough breakup knows. During this difficult time, we can end up convincing ourselves that we are the only ones who have done wrong, focusing on – and exaggerating out of proportion – our negative actions and weaknesses. A breakup can lead us to believe that we are without value if our self-worth was tied to the relationship. In order to avoid this distorted perspective, it’s important to take a reality check and learn how to build self-esteem after a breakup.

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Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

It can be hard to respect yourself if you are insecure or afraid. These assertiveness tools will help you build self-respect and confidence.

If you don’t show yourself respect, neither will other people. How are you supposed to feel confident, assertive and develop self-esteem if you don’t show yourself some respect? Others may take advantage of you, people can be intimidating or situations you encounter may be so overwhelming it makes it hard to respect yourself. I’ve got three simple tools that can help you feel more confident communicating with others so you can show yourself respect.

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Don’t Look Insecure: 6 Ways to Change Behavior and Be Confident

Don’t Look Insecure: 6 Ways to Change Behavior and Be Confident

We don't want to look insecure, but there are behaviors we go to that make us look less confident. Here's how to not look insecure and start to feel confident.Your behavior can make you look insecure to others, but you don’t need to look insecure. Without knowing it, you may act in a way that shows others you struggle with confidence. However, we’ve all done it and instead of beating yourself up, learn how to change these behaviors so that you can appear confident and not look insecure.

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Emotional Manipulation in Friendships and Your Self-Esteem

Emotional Manipulation in Friendships and Your Self-Esteem

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

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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Don’t Let Negative People Harm Your Confidence

Don’t Let Negative People Harm Your Confidence

Negative people impact your confidence and mood, draining your energy. Here are 5 ways to stay confident when dealing with negative people. Take a look.

Negative people are everywhere and negative people can harm your confidence dramatically. If we aren’t careful, their negativity can rub off on us leading to self-esteem issues, unhappiness and lower self-confidence. We can’t avoid all the negative people and energy that come into our lives but we can take measures to stay aware and positive. Don’t let those negative people harm your confidence.

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Holiday Season Isolation and How To Deal With It

Holiday Season Isolation and How To Deal With It

Holiday season isolation can be destructive to your self-esteem; however, you can learn to deal with the pain of holiday season isolation. Perhaps you don’t have real friends or family, you have a toxic family, loved ones are far away or friends are too busy with their own families. The festive season can also be a trigger for mental health issues including depression, anxiety, disordered eating, bipolar disorder, addictions and grief. If you’re experiencing a mental health issue you might not be in the mood to celebrate, and you can feel isolated even if you’re surrounded by people. Alternatively, you might not celebrate due to your beliefs. No matter what the reason for your holiday season isolation, it’s important to minimise the impact it has on your self-esteem and general wellbeing. 

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Respect Yourself: Stop Letting Others Take Advantage of You

Respect Yourself: Stop Letting Others Take Advantage of You

Everyone needs to learn to respect themselves and stop letting others take advantage of us. Just the other day I noticed that I was about to let someone take advantage of me. It may not have been on purpose, but the gal at the checkout overcharged me for an item. I felt this strong sense of unfairness and asked her nicely to change the price. She apologized and fixed the mistake.

This may sound like a simple example, but the truth is, each time you stand up for what’s fair, you respect yourself. When you stop allowing others to take advantage of you and respect yourself, your self-esteem improves

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How to Stop Feeling Insecure in Relationships

Do you feel insecure in relationships? This post will help you understand why you feel insecure and 3 ways to feel more confident in romantic relationships.

How to Stop Feeling Insecure in Relationships

If you are feeling insecure in your current relationship, or find yourself attracting romantic partners that make you insecure, then this post is for you. The truth is, insecurity about yourself plays out in any relationship, whether it’s romantic, familial or within a friendship. The problem for many people is they blame the other person in the relationship for making them insecure, but when you’re feeling insecure in relationships, they’re not the problem, you are. 

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How Toxic Friends Affect Our Self-Esteem

How Toxic Friends Affect Our Self-Esteem

Toxic friendships can destroy your self-esteem. Learn how to identify toxic friends check this list of friendship truths. Don't let toxic friends get to you.

Is it a toxic relationship? Is she a friend or frenemy? 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, and sadly, toxic friendships don’t necessarily end when you depart high school. Many times, people put up with these toxic friends because they are tough to let go. But in the end, these toxic friends take a huge toll on your self-esteem.

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