Category Archives: Self-esteem

Why You Need Self-Compassion More Than Self-Esteem in Difficult Times, Study Shows

The literature of self-esteem tells us that we need to gain self-esteem to be succesful. But this might be all wrong and a widespread misconception, according to a longitudinal study of nearly 2500 students. I’ll introduce you to self-compassion as an alternative to self-esteem, and the reasons why you should develop self-compassion more than self-esteem. Continue reading

The Reasons Why People Maintain Negative Self-Evaluations

Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help us in some other way? It seems not. Continue reading

Does Your Pursuit of Self-Esteem Damage You?

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We tend to define ourselves and our self-worth in terms of our accomplishments.

How do we increase our self-esteem, and how do raise children with high self-esteem? Many self-help books try to answer questions like these. So, the pursuit of self-esteem is a central preoccupation in our modern culture.  Continue reading

Three Principles to Help You Develop Self-Compassion

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Feel more compassion for yourself and others.

Self-compassion involves acknowledging that suffering and failure are a part of the human condition, and that all people are worthy of compassion. The concept of self-compassion has its roots in Eastern Buddhist philosophy. Continue reading

4 Ways to Develop Self-Efficacy Beliefs

Have you ever wondered whether you have a strong self-efficacy belief or not? Or perhaps you are curious about how people develop their self-efficacy beliefs? This post describes the theory of self-efficacy, the research surrounding it, and four ways in which people develop self-efficacy beliefs.

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Are You In Control? Feelings of Personal Control Are Essential for Mental Health

Feeling out of control?

The belief that one can exert control over stressful events has long been known to help people cope with stress (Taylor, 2012). People like to have control over their lives, and people who have a sense of personal control seem to be better off than those who haven’t.

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Self-Efficacy is Related to Motivation and Performance, Research Shows

Believe and you will achieve.

The degree to which people believe in themselves and their own capabilities is important for their motivation and success.  People’s capabilities are important, but what they believe they can do is at least as important! Continue reading