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Why it's time to ditch the blankety-blank self-worth?

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Monday, March 30, 2015

In sociology and psychology, self-worth reflects your overall emotional evaluation of you own worth. It is a judgment you have toward yourself. It is made of certain beliefs such as "I am worthy", "I am incompetent", and emotions ranging from pride to shame, glory to despair.

Why it's time to ditch the blankety-blank self-worth

The problem is that to appreciate self-worth we focus on measuring it, which automatically involves measuring yourself with others and evaluating your every moves instead of focusing on your intrinsic values. There will always be someone taller, richer, more eloquent...Your notion of self-worth goes up and down, bouncing like a ball. A study at the University of Michigan found that students who base their self-worth on external factors such as academic performance, appearance and approval from others, reported more stress, anger, academic problems and relationship conflicts. They also had higher levels of alcohol and drug use, as well as more symptoms of eating disorders.

Instead of listening to your inner critic, shaped by your childhood experiences, you can challenge his/her point of view, separating yourself from how you are seen by your family, your friends and coworkers, and begin to understand your own thoughts, desires and values.

Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

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Tags:  professional development  stress  stress management  success 

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