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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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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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Books That Build Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence for Adults and Kids

Books That Build Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence for Adults and Kids

5 books to build self-confidence and self-esteem in adults and children that really help. Therapist Emily Roberts recommends these self-esteem books to you.

Walking into the self-help aisle of your local Barnes & Noble or logging onto Amazon can be a bit daunting. There are thousands of books on building self-esteem and self-confidence to choose from and with the hefty price tags, you don’t want to walk out with a book that just doesn’t do it for you.

Part of my job is reading self-help, psychology, and all the books in-between. I find the ones that resonate with me and have helped those I work with build themselves up, then pass them on to clients or friends. These are some of my current favorites for creative and effective building of self-confidence and self-esteem in adults and children.

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