Low self-esteem can be defined as a lack of faith or confidence in one’s abilities and competence. While self-confidence can fuel success, low self-esteem can hinder it. Mental Disorder? Is low self-confidence considered a mental illness? Low self-esteem in and of itself isn’t a mental disorder but it can pointContinue Reading

It is true that we are formed by our parents’ genes at the moment of conception, but it is also true that our ancestral history helped form us as a species. An Open System The debate in psychology of nature vs nurture is one of the oldest. It is trueContinue Reading

Each day of our life we gradually grow in self-awareness. Our daily experiences are added to our personality, enlarging our self-definition. The interests and talents we acquire not only build and define us in a physical way, they also define and expand our boundaries in an unseen way. This invisibleContinue Reading

Having the ability to get in touch with authentic feelings, i.e., true thoughts and emotions, is more important than psychological explanations. The first and most important process is learning self-awareness, and to focus that awareness on the feelings of the present moment. This allows one to directly experience his or herContinue Reading

Self-disclosure is a vital ingredient of loving relationships. It is the unselfish revealing of intimate details about ourselves, our likes and disklikes, dreams, aspirations, worries, our proud and shameful moments, our inner secrets. As one person reveals a little, so will the other person. Self-disclosure breeds liking, and liking breedsContinue Reading

Beginning at a very early age, our ability to find meaning, purpose, happiness and love in our lives is made difficult by the introduction of our “ideal self,” as opposed to our authentic “real self,” the self we were born with. Demands of Society This ideal self, as proposed byContinue Reading

Self-concepts provide a way of understanding personality. Your self-concept consists of all your thoughts, ideas, perceptions and feelings about who you are. A mental “picture” you’ve built of your individual personality. If you were asked to “please tell us about yourself,” you would provide a rough outline of your self-concept.Continue Reading

If you ever feel like a square peg in a round hole, constantly frustrated that your life is not how you expected it to be, you may need to abandon your preconceived notions and see the world as it really is – and to see yourself honestly, as you trulyContinue Reading

Sometimes life can be a little overwhelming. Here’s a short list of do’s and dont’s to help you sort out your daily life. Write them in your notebook or calendar. Focus on yourself. Every time you allow your thoughts to dwell on something or someone else you escape and missContinue Reading

You have gone through a lot, particularly a great many painful emotions. Why not take a long, deep mindful breath and reflect on what you’ve survived? Give yourself the gift of love and tell yourself “May I be happy and fulfilled in the future that I create.” This report is notContinue Reading