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Having Real Friends and Your Self-Esteem

Having quality friendships affects self-esteem in a big way. Find out how to make real friends.

Having Real Friends and Your Self-Esteem

Having quality friendships is important for your wellbeing and it affects self-esteem in a big way. The sad truth is that there are many people without real friends. They may not have any friends at all, or the friends they do have may be toxic. People without real friends are often judged harshly either by others or themselves. They may be seen as outcasts or they may be bullied. Internally, they may feel shame, loneliness or depression.

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Bipolar Disorder’s Irrational Thoughts And Making Friends

Bipolar Disorder’s Irrational Thoughts And Making Friends

When bipolar disorder’s irrational thoughts occur, how does one even begin to make friends? In public, I feel as if everyone is watching me and talking about me, or making internal judgments. I’m acutely aware of every person in the vicinity; watching their movements, noticing any eye contact, listening for whispers. Cognitively, I know that this is irrational (Co-Occurring Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders). I know that I am not the center of everyone’s attention, that there is nothing wrong with my physical appearance and actions. In all reality, the majority of those people haven’t even given me a second thought. But when you experience bipolar disorder’s irrational thoughts, it can be difficult to make friends.

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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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