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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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Self-Harm Scars and Dating, Sex and Intimacy

Self-Harm Scars and Dating, Sex and Intimacy

Having self-harm scars and dating can bring about very personal questions about your scars. Learn some ways to answer those questions using these guidelines.Questions about self-harm scars and dating, sex and intimacy cause many people with visible self-harm scars to worry: “Are self-harm scars a turn-off?” “Should I try to hide my scars from my partner?” “When is it appropriate to explain my scars to a partner, and how can I best approach this type of conversation?” What are the right answers to these questions about self-harm scars and dating?

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Mental Fog, Stress, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mental Fog, Stress, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mental fog is a symptom of PTSD that can make people feel uncertain and confused. What causes mental fog? What can you do for it? Learn more about it here.

Do you ever feel like you’re in a mental fog, you can’t think straight, or as though you have to labor to access even the simplest thoughts? I feel this way often, and it used to make me panic, like I was losing my mental faculties. Then I realized that “mental fog” (not a clinical term) or confusion can actually result from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Triggers, stress, and anxiety can heighten feelings of mental fog–leaving those of us with PTSD feeling even more vulnerable and confused during the very moments when we most need to feel safe and in control.

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How To Respond To Verbal Abuse

How To Respond To Verbal Abuse

Learning how to respond to verbal abuse can improve how you handle hostile situations and increase your self-worth. Here's how to respond to verbal abuse.

Verbal abuse cuts deeply, especially if you don’t know how to respond to verbal abuse in an effective way. Arguments can be volatile with name-calling and blaming or more subtle like with passive-aggressive remarks or the silent treatment. One thing victims of verbal abuse come to discover is abusers are often irrational and unreasonable. The hostile language does not serve the purpose of getting a message across, it actually has nothing to do with what’s being said, it’s about the abuser’s need to gain power and control over the victim. Understanding the argument itself carries no real significance as the abuser makes it apparent that trying to reason or explain is useless. Learning how to respond to verbal abuse can alter the course of the attacks and help a verbal abuse victim regain his power.

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Letting Go of Perfectionism at Work When You Have Depression

Letting Go of Perfectionism at Work When You Have Depression

Letting go of perfectionism when living with depression is quite a struggle, especially at work. Learn tips for letting go of perfectionism at work here.

Letting go of perfectionism can be difficult, but it’s important because perfectionism is a nightmare. It makes it impossible to be satisfied with your accomplishments (or to accomplish anything at all) because it will never be good enough. I used to have a terrible problem with perfectionism. I would have these great ideas but never follow through with them because I couldn’t execute them perfectly. This perfectionist paralysis held me back from a lot of success, especially in the workplace. Now I have come to accept the philosophy, “Done is better than perfect.” You have to let go of the idea that perfection is attainable. However, that is easier said than done, especially for someone with depression.

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People Overestimate How Much Willpower Helps Mental Illness

People Overestimate How Much Willpower Helps Mental Illness

Helping mental illness requires more than willpower. While most people think willpower should help, or even cure, mental illness, this just isn't true. Read on.I am a person with extreme willpower and this helps my mental illness. I know this. It’s obvious. Willpower affects every aspect of my life, of course. But people may think I have no willpower because of my mental illness. This is because people overestimate how much willpower can help a mental illness.

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Are Current Mental Health Awareness Efforts Reducing Stigma?

Are Current Mental Health Awareness Efforts Reducing Stigma?

Mental health awareness efforts may not be affecting change as we'd hoped. Learn why current mental health awareness efforts might not be enough. Read this.

I’ve begun to wonder if current mental health awareness efforts are enough to fight stigma. The word “awareness” in relation to mental illness has a strange effect on me these days. On the one hand, I think awareness is great for helping people better understand the realities of mental illness and the people who live with it. On the other, I feel the word itself feels tired, overused, and almost ineffective as it seems to appear in many places, but somehow manages to lack the impact it could have. I’m not sure if mental health awareness efforts are enough.

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Avoid Aggressive Rapid Cycling with Coping Skills

Avoid Aggressive Rapid Cycling with Coping Skills

Rapid cycling with aggression isn't fun. Feeling like you can't escape your anger can trigger worse episodes. Learn coping skills to avoid aggression here.

Rapid cycling is already hard enough, but when it comes down to a never-ending feeling of aggression, you have to find coping mechanisms to get that anger out. Mental illness episodes don’t always have to be difficult, it’s just about finding the right coping skills to manage aggression from rapid cycling.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

OCD doubt and worry can become obsessions that make you second-guess your every move. Learn one method for dealing with OCD doubt and uncertainty here. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) doubt and uncertainty is something I’ve struggled with since I was a young child. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often dubbed “the doubting disease” because it makes you second-guess yourself. And uncertainty about life can make my anxiety skyrocket. Obsessive-compulsive disorder doubt and uncertainty about life can be debilitating, but I am finding small ways to cope.

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Coping When a Loved One Passes Away

Coping When a Loved One Passes Away

When a loved one passes away, there's no right way to feel, but there are things you can expect. Learn about what you may be feeling and how to cope. Read this.

When a loved one passes away, the feeling can be extra traumatic if you’re someone who struggles with depression. You feel the negative feelings start creeping back in, and find it hard to go through the motions of everyday life. When a loved one passes away, after a couple days you start to fear getting trapped in the dark hole of depression with no way out.

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