How you feel about yourself (also known as your self-esteem) influences your behaviour. With low self-esteem, you will avoid opportunities, often feeling undeserving or inadequate. With high self-esteem, you confidently move forward and embrace life’s challenges. It’s perfectly normal to experience times where your self-esteem fluctuates. Your life is often significantly impacted when experiencing periods of low self -esteem. Maintaining your own belief in yourself, regardless of how others think about you, is known as
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Core beliefs are the general standards and expectations that steer you through life. They can be positive (“I can do anything I set my mind to”) or negative and often self-limiting (“I’m not good enough”). Common Harmful Core Beliefs “I don’t belong.” – By avoiding the engagement with others out of fear of rejection or by going to the extreme to become overly concerned with being the perfect group member. “The world is dangerous.” –
Our minds are always trying to interpret and make sense of the world around us. Often we see the world accurately – as it really is – but sometimes, our minds take a series of alternate steps resulting in our thinking becoming biased. These biases or ‘cognitive distortions’ can have overwhelming effects on how we feel. Aaron Beck initially identified distorted thinking in people suffering from depression in the 1960s. Beck’s finding formed a central
Starting from the youngest age possible, children should be taught to explore the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is essential for children to learn that their thoughts lead to feelings, and their feelings lead to behaviours. If we can teach children to identify each of these as separate yet connected phases, we can teach children to question, label, and most importantly, make choices about which thoughts, feelings and behaviours to hold onto
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