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16.04.2014
In my previous article, Self-Esteem: A Missed Diagnosis, I proposed that a devaluation of one’s self lies at the heart of most psychological and emotional disorders.
Since the self-worth described above is paradoxically sought from external sources, we confront a dilemma: What we call self-esteem is, in fact, other-esteem. Our culture as a whole induces us to conceal aspects of our genuine self – as we are taught to hide our insecurity and vulnerability – and mask it from others, which is utterly destructive to our investment in our self.
Not only is this a self-deprecating experience, but it also sabotages our relationships, for these masks that we now wear impact them. When we set up this drama regarding approval, we create issues around notions of rejection. When we solicit approval from others, we are actually rejecting our own self – and concurrently debasing our self-esteem – by seeking it from others. A reconsidering of our understanding of self-esteem might be helpful in reframing our cultural expectations of happiness. Self-esteem is the legitimate foundation for a healthy relationship with others and ourselves. In my next article I will explore in detail how you can move toward deconstructing your negative beliefs and liberate yourself from the damaging torrent of old thoughts that imprison you. To learn about Mel’s upcoming, live videoconference – The Self-Esteem Workshop – click here.
As true as it is that we should not depend on other persons opinions or judgements, and as true as it is that to live with self-esteem we should embrace our vulnerability, for many of us that is not as easy done as said. What in our youth is a strong method of surviving turns out to be a destroyer of our self-esteem when we grow older, and is a stand-in-the-way for living with a healthy amount of self-esteem. I totally agree with you that to become a grown-up with self-esteem we have to embrace our vulnerability. Well said, concerning self esteem and vulnerability, the both which is properly understood and the fact that it encourages being ones own first critique. As well as you can develop other-esteem (and I was good at it *g*) you can embrace yourself with all feelings also the so-called unwanted ones (fear, anger, sadness, moments of helplessness, …). First of all: there is not enough work for everybody if everybody has to work 40 hours and more years until retirement. And last but not least, how to find and keep alive self-esteem, if it is common in society to label unemployed as a species which only doesn’t try hard enough to find a job? Long-Distance TherapyMel works with clients nationally and internationally by phone or Skype. Look inside yourself rather than at your external circumstances. Steer clear of materialistic, extrinsically-driven goals, such as believing that you have to own the most expensive house or car on the block. Be an active participant in your life. Set goals and take regular, manageable steps toward the actualization of your goals. Think positive thoughts. Become mindful of your habitual thoughts and weed out those that are negative and self-sabotaging. Meditate. Develop a regular (daily, if possible) practice of meditation, the most basic form being to sit quietly on a chair with your eyes closed, in a quiet environment, and simply notice your breath.
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In today’s slightly ironic mental health news, scientists at the University of New Brunswick just discovered that self-help mantras can lower self-esteem instead of elevating it. Psychologists suggested that for someone feeling distressed or negative, positive thoughts can provoke contradictory thoughts, something we’re all familiar with. Let’s now explore more deeply what the term self-esteem denotes and come to appreciate what we mean by it as well as what gets in our way of attaining it.
The first half of the expression, self, would seem to indicate that esteem, the second half of the expression, is derived from one’s self.
Admittedly, being approved of or valued by others may make us feel good, but if we betray our authentic self in order to achieve these results, we decimate genuine self-worth. We modify and mold so much of our behavior and, even more, our personality to achieve other-esteem. When we act in this manner, we are truly taking our well being and serving it up to other people.


Almost all parents would claim that they are thoroughly invested in their children’s self-esteem.
Genuine self-esteem removes the construct of neediness so prevalent in most relationship challenges and liberates us to thrive, as issues of rejection and judgment recede. They have come to believe limiting and negative stories about themselves and therefore experience their lives accordingly. In childhood we have often no other choice than to take care that we are part of a group: our family, friends at school, sports clubs etc.
To take the step to acknowledge that a method of surviving which was successful for us in the past, is contra-productive in the present, can make us very vulnerable. Now the issue is where do we draw the line between both self esteem and insensitivity as a lot of people now hide under “self worth” this increasingly blocks rooms available for healthy external criticsms which I think could be helpful on our path.
I believe that if one is grounded in their own self-worth and authenticity, it properly prepares them to be genuinely sensitive to the needs of others. In Germany where I lived not long ago, many unempoyed people are treated like crap, even if they worked 20, 30 or more years before and didn’t cause their unemployment. I myself went to the job center one time and never again, I prefered insecurity though I spent 32 years good amount of money to get support if ever I fall into unemployment.
What if you look into the mirror with all your self-esteem and the mirror day by day reflects a travesty. It does not mean that we are proud, arrogant, or think that we’re inherently better than other people, but that we feel worthy of respect and as if we are of value. Also, recognize that your best may vary from day to day, based on factors such as how much sleep you got the previous night, the types of food you’ve been eating, how much work you have on your plate, and your social interactions. Although teamwork can create a powerful synergistic effect, don’t sit on your hands waiting for someone else to pick up the ball. Create a clear vision of who and what you want to be, and rehearse this imagery in your mind. Secondly, take good care of your health, eating nutritiously, getting sufficient sleep, exercising on a regular basis, and making room in your schedule for rest and relaxation.
When distractions arise, as they will inevitably do, just notice them and quietly bring your attention back to your breath.
So, rather than being passive (meaning that you respect other people but not yourself) or aggressive (meaning that you respect yourself but not other people), act assertively, demonstrating respect for all involved. Use of the web site constitues acceptance of the Defy Media Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Yet if we look closer, we find that most people seek a sense of worthiness from that which lies outside of them. Some individuals become people pleasers and go to great lengths to keep the peace or avoid displeasing others. We actually create personality masks through this harmful endeavor, many of us presenting to others the person we think they would approve of. Educators and guidance counselors also place great value on the development of children’s self-worth.
In reality, this messaging promotes fear and exacerbates our insecurities as we hide our inner self from others. If you are not part of a group as a child, you are in danger, because how to survive without the other. I’m surrounded day by day with expectations of family and society from the day I was born. They are told to be responsible if they don’t find work and that they have to do everything to get a job otherwise support for living can be cut down to zero.
In such a situation people have two opportunities: to serve the system and betray themselves or to quit the system and stand for themselves. Even if you don’t feel grateful, rehearse gratitude, by writing a daily or weekly gratitude list, thanking people who have helped you or brought love into your life.
If your mind wanders 100 times during your meditation practice, this just means that you have 100 opportunities to rehearse regaining your focus. So, first you need to identify what you need and then define what your choices are for getting those needs met.
However, by utilizing some of the above suggestions on a daily basis, you will be on your way to a deeper sense of contentment with yourself and life in general.


Another person may not like you or may disapprove of you, and you may feel badly about that. The degree to which we are overly reactive to others’ opinions of us is inversely correlated to our level of self-esteem.
This decimates our sense of self-worth, for it is here that we defer to others as we abandon ourselves. Therefor in our youth we have got the strong message that it does matter what other people’s opinion is. If we are balanced in our self-worth, we have removed so much debris that gets in the way of our being sensitive to others rather than reactive or shut down. While we take appropriate action toward our goals, they don’t define who we are as people. Taking consistent, healthy risks help build up your self-confidence and novelty enlivens you. In addition to using your breath as your focus, you can simply sit or take a walk and think about pleasant, peaceful, happy things. Our society generates billions of dollars in revenues from inducing people to seek the quick fix of vanity as a means toward feeling better. If an A student becomes depressed by a B, it is abundantly clear that their esteem is contingent upon their performance. It is only the most exceptional person who doesn’t struggle at some time with self-doubt, fear or insecurity. It is that vulnerability that we have to overcome and accept, but as I have seen by many of my clients, this step is so worth taking: it is your step to worthiness! This athmosphere of anxiety to lose a job or not to find another job, to become homeless, to need charity organizations for the basic needs doesn’t give space to think about self-esteem. Thus, our self-esteem remains independent of our achievements or what other people think of us, although we still strive to maximize our potential. Although your current circumstances may not be exactly what you might have ordered, they still contain blessings. While you may not end up getting everything you think you need (often in hindsight this is a blessing), you will have acted in a honorable way, which will bolster your self-esteem all the more.
Yet many people are so sensitive to the judgment of others that they alter their behavior in the drive for other-esteem.
The only person who arbitrarily has such power presides in a courtroom; all others are people with opinions. Performance should be seen as the icing on the cake, but the cake, so to speak, is your relationship with your self. This is a normal human experience and we should engage it as such, without embarrassment or apprehension.
With a healthier measure of self-esteem, we might more easily tolerate others’ opinions without elevating their beliefs into construed judgments and objective truths. Similarly, athletic achievement or popularity are things that we may understandably encourage in our children. One who is comfortable with their vulnerability has nothing to hide from others and is indeed genuinely strong. When put into proper perspective, we might see that these factors might enhance their lives. The key to a powerful self-esteem is found by embracing your vulnerability – your fears and insecurities. For in that case, the average student or the mediocre athlete is relegated to the imprisonment of low self-esteem. In doing so, you liberate yourself from setting up others as your judge, as you have nothing to hide.



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