Self Esteem or Self Worth seems to be something that goes up and down in our lives and help us reflect on areas that we may feel more wobbly. We may experience times in our life where feel really great about ourselves and then we’ll have a conflict or some life challenge that will bring our self esteem plummeting down. Some people describe themselves as having low self esteem – so that their redominant sense of self is about not feeling good about themselves. Generally this negative sense of self is perpetuated with self talk that criticises us, puts us down or dismisses us, e.g. “I’m no good at art”, “my friends always let me down”, “I always seem to fail no matter how hard I try,” “I’m too intense that’s why I can’t find a partner.” Do you resonate with any of these? Perhaps you have your own. Underneath the self talk there are, of course, a set of limiting beliefs or negative attitudes that come together to make a story about our identity, who we are in the world. This may have started by something that we experienced in our history but over the years they are cultured as ‘truths’ that we wrap our identity around. Mostly they arise in our thinking and speech unconsciously. Before we know it we are verbalising or thinking something that puts us down or diminishes us. Our own deeper essence, of course, is far greater than any stories.
About ShushannI’ve worked for over “20 years as a psychotherapist, counsellor and coach with a private practice in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs... Read more
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