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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 Boost Your Self-Esteem When You Have Depression

How to Boost Your Self-Esteem When You Have Depression

Knowing how to boost your self-esteem when you have depression can save you from a downward spiral. Discover how to boost your self-esteem even with depression.

Depression and low self-esteem can be closely connected, and boosting your self-esteem when they both appear can be difficult. When you live with low self-esteem for a long time, you may come to believe that you are inherently worthless, and this deep sense of worthlessness is a common symptom of depression. Conversely, if you’ve lived with depression for a long time, your self-esteem can be impacted. Perhaps when the motivation and energy are drained out of you, you lose confidence in your abilities and value. Boosting your self-esteem then can be particularly challenging.

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Mindful Social Media Habits Protect Your Self-Esteem

Mindful Social Media Habits Protect Your Self-Esteem

Mindful social media habits can protect your self-esteem. Here are four ways to be mindful on social media and maintain or build healthy self-esteem. Read this.

Mindful social media habits are important skills to learn to protect our self-esteem. Social media allows us to get a glimpse into the lives of so many people. Unfortunately, constant updates about people’s vacations, weddings, job offers, graduations and newborns don’t always fill us with joy. In fact, being inundated with everyone else’s highlight reel can damage our mental health. Many studies have shown a link between social media use and low self-esteem. For example, a study published this year found that one hour spent on Facebook is associated with a decrease in an individual’s self-esteem score, which authors say is influenced by the social comparisons that people engage in.1 But there are ways to integrate mindful social media use so that you can protect your self-esteem.

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Use These Writing Exercises to Tackle Low Self-Esteem

Use These Writing Exercises to Tackle Low Self-Esteem

Writing exercises and my self-esteem journal helps me to refute negative self-talk and build self-esteem. Try these writing exercises for self-esteem.

Writing exercises for low self-esteem can help when we get trapped in failing to see how the judgments we make about ourselves are inaccurate. It is helpful, therefore, to use certain techniques that allow you to untangle yourself from your thoughts, to take a step back, and see that you can’t possibly justify the self-critical thoughts you’re having. Making notes about your thoughts is one way to gain this healthy perspective. In this way, you can use writing exercises to tackle low self-esteem.

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Talk Back to Negative Self-Talk and Make It Go Away

Talk Back to Negative Self-Talk and Make It Go Away

If you talk back to negative self-talk logically, you can quickly improve your mental health and self-esteem. Discover how get rid of negative self-talk here.Do you know how to talk back to your negative self-talk? Knowing how to identify negative self-talk first is important because what you tell yourself becomes your reality. When your core beliefs are self-critical, doubtful and make you feel inadequate, your self-esteem suffers tremendously. The good news is if you are willing, you can talk back to negative self-talk and transform it dramatically with just a little effort.

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Take Control of the Inner Critic Damaging Your Self-Esteem

Take Control of the Inner Critic Damaging Your Self-Esteem

You can take control of your inner critic before it does more damage to your self-esteem. See these tips to take control of your inner critic and feel better.

Do you wish you could take control of your inner critic, that voice in your head that constantly puts you down? It is the critical inner voice that says unkind things about you and paints a negative view of who you are. If you don’t take control of this inner critic, it can become quite powerful and authoritative, which will make you pay more attention to it. This can end up damaging your self-esteem. But you can take control of the inner critic and find peace of mind.

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Introduction to Sam Woolfe, Author of ‘Building Self-Esteem’

Introduction to Sam Woolfe, Author of ‘Building Self-Esteem’

Sam Woolfe, new author of "Building Self-Esteem", shares his struggles with self-esteem, self-acceptance, depression and how he's handling these things today.I’m Sam Woolfe, and I’m really excited to start writing on Building Self-Esteem for HealthyPlace. For a long time, I have struggled with low self-esteem, low self-worth, harsh self-criticism and even self-hatred. Thoughts and feelings related to low self-esteem have, no doubt, held me back in many ways, but they never seemed like some big issue I had to address. That was, until, certain life events, stressful situations, magnified and intensified these thoughts in a depression.

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15 Ways to Break Up With Your Body Image Issues

15 Ways to Break Up With Your Body Image Issues

If you struggle with body image issues it’s likely that you feel insecure in other areas of your life, too. When you fixate and over-focus on what you don’t like about your body it bleeds into your self-esteem. No matter your shape or your size you deserve to have the skills to combat body image issues and feel confident in the skin you’re in.

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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 Making Excuses and Improve Your Self-Esteem

Stop Making Excuses and Improve Your Self-Esteem

Learn how to stop making excuses for yourself and others. It's not empathy to validate wrongdoing. Read this, stop making excuses and improve your self-esteem.

Do you make excuses instead of choosing to nurture your self-esteem? Making excuses for your behavior or the behavior of someone else drastically depletes your self-esteem and self-respect. It actually makes other people lose respect for you, too. Making excuses leads to blame, which makes harder to start accepting the reality of a situation and moving on with your life. So, stop making excuses and improve your self-esteem. 

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