Self-Worth

How to Develop Self-Worth after Childhood Trauma

Do you find it difficult to feel good about yourself? Do you compare yourself to others and feel defective, inferior, or inadequate? When you don’t have a strong sense of self-worth, it can be hard to set boundaries, prioritize self-care, ask for a raise, or have healthy, satisfying relationships with others. In this article, you’ll …

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How to Rebuild Self-Esteem after Narcissistic Abuse

What is self-esteem or self-worth? Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. It’s similar to the concept of self-worth (and I will use the terms interchangeably in this article). Our goal is to have high self-esteem, meaning we feel good about ourselves most of the time. We know we have intrinsic value. And we know …

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Why we abandon ourselves and how to stop

Do you have a hard time trusting yourself? Do you hide parts of yourself – your feelings, beliefs, and ideas – in order to fit in or please others? Do you diminish or discount your feelings because you think they don’t matter? This is self-abandonment. We abandon ourselves when we don’t value ourselves, when we …

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Understanding your attachment styles, how it affects your mental health and relationships can help you make meaningful changes and move from a disorganized attachment to a more secure one.

Choose Yourself because you matter

In this article, learn how to “choose yourself” and why it’s important to stand up for yourself, practice self-care, express your opinions, and validate yourself. Do you back down from your boundaries and allow others to mistreat you? Do you ignore your needs so you can satisfy someone else’s needs? Do you ignore or minimize …

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Affirmations are a simple way to increase your self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. Ideally, we feel good about ourselves most of the time and recognize that we have value despite our imperfections. People with high self-esteem recognize their strengths and good qualities—and also their weaknesses or areas in need of improvement. They …

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How to validate yourself

Everyone needs validation—to feel accepted and understood. However, we shouldn’t rely on others for validation. It’s important to know how to validate ourselves.  It feels good to be praised, to have your feelings affirmed, to be told you did a good job, and to be appreciated. It’s normal to want validation from others—your parents, spouse, …

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12 Reminders Change Codependent Thinking

Codependent thinking is distorted and unhelpful. Learn to challenge codependent thoughts and replace them with positive, healthy affirmations. Codependent thinking and behaviors can sabotage our health, happiness, and relationships. Here are some examples: Codependents neglect themselves in order to take care of others. Codependents lose their individuality trying to please others. Codependents don’t ask for …

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Have you been short-changing yourself on self-care, saying critical or hurtful things to yourself, or setting unrealistic expectations for yourself? Are you ready to embrace your worthiness and start treating yourself with love? These inspirational self-love quotes can help you stay motivated, practice self-compassion, and promote self-love and self-acceptance. Why You Need Self-Love Loving ourselves …

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self-blame

Are you quick to blame yourself – even for things you didn’t do or couldn’t control? When things go wrong, is your immediate response “it’s all my fault” or “I shouldn’t have done that”? For many of us, self-blame and criticism are insidious. We’re unrelenting with our demands and expectations and we’re our own worst …

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