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How to Raise Your Self Esteem

Can You Improve Self Esteem?

The short answer to this is: 'Yes!'. There are techniques and ideas for gradually improving your self image, self confidence and self belief, which research has shown to be effective. Some of these are given below.

Further ideas and helpful exercises are given in the eBook Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It which you can find information about lower down this web page. The book provides a useful resource for life coaches working to help people improve self esteem as well as for individuals wanting to raise their own self esteem.

Tips for Dealing with Low Self Confidence and Self Esteem

If self confidence is an area where you have difficulties and you would like help to improve self esteem, you may find it helpful to try out the following suggestions, which are common recommended features on self esteem courses:

What is Self Esteem?

Self esteem is the respect that you have (or don’t have) for yourself. It relates to the way you think of and value yourself and your worth.

If you have low self esteem then it is likely that you will have a negative opinion of yourself and your abilities, whereas if you have high self esteem you feel that you have a valuable contribution to make to the lives of others and many of the situations you find yourself in.

Self esteem involves your perception of yourself. Often it may also involve a perception of the way others think of you or your abilities which is over-negative (you may tend to think of yourself as useless or worthless, when actually others value you and your opinion).

Understanding Low Self Esteem

If you experience low self esteem you probably have a self image which involves you:

(1) Not valuing yourself and your own worth very highly and/or

(2) Paying more attention and attaching more significance to the aspects of yourself with which you are unhappy than to those aspects which you feel are OK.

If this applies to you, then you may find it leads you to act in certain ways that cause problems for you and sometimes for others, for example:

Where does Low Self Esteem come from?

Self Esteem is part of our self image. Our self image develops during our childhood and is the combination of our own natural personality features together with the messages and influences we receive from those around us about how we should act and feel about ourselves.

Self Esteem & Childhood

If you suffer from low self esteem you may have experienced one or more of the following factors in your childhood from your parents or other important figures:

Media messages about your gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, or other features can also play a part in giving you a negative self image or low self esteem or lack of confidence.

It is also possible to develop low self esteem as an adult. If for example, you experience a traumatic event, rejection or abuse, or conversely if you do an action about which you subsequently feel guilty.

 

READ ON FOR INFORMATION ABOUT AN EBOOK TO HELP IMPROVE SELF ESTEEM!

Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It

A Practical Guide to Building Self Esteem & Dealing with Negative Self Criticism

* Improve Your Self Esteem *
* Create a Positive Self Image *
*Deal with Negative Thoughts *
* Learn to Enjoy Yourself! *

The ebook Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It provides a practical, easy to use guide for raising your self esteem, improving the way you think and feel about yourself and increasing your confidence. It explains in simple terms:

The Key to Dealing with Low Self Esteem

The key to understanding and dealing with low self esteem is learning how to deal with and prevent the negative thoughts and self perceptions which create and reinforce your belief that in some way you are not good enough. Once you can start to change the way you think about yourself, you can:

Low Self Esteem and Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs are general beliefs that you hold, whether stated or not which limit your ability to achieve what you want to.

Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It contains a unique explanation of how limiting beliefs can create and reinforce self esteem problems. The book gives a clear exposition of ways in which you can then:

Low Self Esteem and CBT

CBT stands for 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' - a set of practical techniques which help you to deal with negative or distorted 'cognitions' or thoughts. The cognitive aspect of CBT is extremely helpful in helping people with low self esteem whose difficulties relate to thoughts about themselves which are inaccurate and overly negative. Cognitive techniques are mostly simple to learn and practical (this is not a form of psychotherapy) and address the root of your self esteem difficulties at their heart.

Simple explanations of how to use cognitive techniques to overcome self esteem are at the heart of the self help ebook Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It

Special Features of Low Self Esteem - How to Deal With It

The ebook covers a range of different areas relating to self esteem including:

How the Book Deals with Self Esteem Issues

Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It provides:

Contents of Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It

The book is divided into several sections covering different aspects of how to deal with and change the negative thoughts that underpin your low self esteem and reinforce your negtive perception of yourself. In each section you are given Exercises to work through, to develop the practical techniques needed to start to improve your thoughts and feelings about yourself.

The topics covered by the different sections of the ebook and the different exercises included to help you use the book as a practical and effective guide on your journey to better self esteem are listed below:

Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It

Full Contents List:

Introduction

Section 1: What is Self Esteem?

Introducing Self Esteem

How Low Self Esteem May Express Itself

Self Esteem and Self Criticism

Where Does Low Self Esteem Come From?

The Aim of the Book

Exercise 1: Self Esteem Assessment 

Section 2: Dealing with Negative Thoughts

Self Critical Thoughts: The Two Types
-Self Critical Thoughts relating to a Particular Situation
-Limiting Beliefs

Tackling Self Critical Thoughts in Particular Situations
-Inner Conversations
-The First Step to Tackling Self Critical Thoughts

- Exercise 2: Noting Down Self Critical Thoughts
-Putting Your Self Critical Thoughts in Perspective

- Exercise 3: Creating Balancing Thoughts
-Using Balancing Thoughts

Section 3: Dealing with Negative Thoughts – Additional Techniques

Analysing Negative Thoughts

Thinking Flexibly and Creatively

Dealing with Your Negative Thinking Patterns

Sample Plan for Dealing with Negative Thinking Patterns

Exercise 4: Your Plan for Dealing with Negative Thinking Patterns

Section 4: Valuing Yourself

Giving Yourself Permission to Value Yourself

Finding Out What You Can Value about Yourself
-What Do You Enjoy Doing?

- Exercise 5: Things that I Enjoy
-Creating Abilities & Achievements out of Enjoyment

- Exercise 6: My Personal Affirmations

Troubleshooting

- Exercise 7: Affirmations Checklist
-Identifying the Positives

- Exercise 8: Positives Diary
-What You Shouldn’t Do With Affirmations
-What You Can Do With Affirmations

Section 5: Limiting Beliefs

What are Limiting Beliefs?

Types of Limiting Belief

A General Comment on Limiting Beliefs

The Impact of Limiting Beliefs

Limiting Beliefs and Low Self Esteem

The Impact of Limiting Beliefs involving Other People

Identifying Your Limiting Beliefs

Exercise 9: Identifying Limiting Beliefs about Yourself

Exercise 10: Identifying Limiting Beliefs involving Others

Limiting Beliefs & Your Past

Exercise 11: Beliefs & Your Past
-Childhood
-Adulthood

Taking Control & Dealing with Your Limiting Beliefs

Exercise 12: Step-by-step Analysis of Limiting Beliefs

Exercise 13: Creating More Constructive Beliefs

Trying Out Your New Beliefs

Exercise 14: New Beliefs – Successes Record

Understanding and Explaining Limiting Beliefs

Exercise 15: Explanations Exercise

Remembering Your Rights

Remembering Other People’s Rights

Conclusion

Putting it All Together

Creating a Plan for Improving Self Esteem

Sample Project Plan for Improving Self Esteem

Blank Project Plan for Completion

Project Plan Review

A Final Word

Appendix
Special Report: Simple Ways of Improving Your Self Esteem

 

About the Author

Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It is a practical book written by Self-Help Author David Bonham-Carter who specialises in the use of CBT and other practical techniques to help people deal with negative thinking patterns and address difficulties such as:

David worked for many years in the UK as a social worker before becoming a professional life coach in private practice for several years. He now focuses on sharing useful coaching and CBT techniques through self-help guides.

Low Self Esteem - A Practical, Helpful Guide

Low Self Esteem - How to Deal with It, has as it subtitle "A Practical Guide to Building Self Esteem & Dealing with Negative Self Criticism". The book is very much a practical book. It contains step by step exercises to help you use the ideas in it to improve your self esteem and it culminates with a project plan form that you can use and adapt to your own situation in order to have a template that you can follow as you try out different useful strategies towards helping to improve your self esteem, confidence and belief in yourself.

Feedback on the Self Esteem Techniques in the Book

"The affirmations helped me initially to make me look at myself in a more positive way and be aware of my achievements and qualities. I have got a lot of my confidence back again...

...Giving my Project Plan a name which pinpointed how I needed to direct my efforts was really helpful. I can be a bit of a Peter Pan type person and having concrete techniques such as the Balancing Thoughts to try out was good for me and helped me to focus on the outcomes I wanted and on how to achieve them. This enabled me to avoid going into an emotional rut...

... My friends had got used to expecting me to be emotional and rant and are quite surprised by the new Sonia! I’ve let go a bit now and found that it gives me more control and I feel much more relaxed... I am happier with myself now and my relationship is way better than it was."

- Sonia, Bristol, UK

"Previously I was very tired..My mind was all over the place with contradicting emotions...I was very confused about my relationship. I now feel more confident. I am more aware of my positive traits...[Now] James and I are making more of an effort in our relationship and I am also exercising more...I am more able to look at the positive aspects of my own character and my future. I know that I can achieve my goals."

- Beth, London, UK

"Hi David

Thank you for the exercises and forms. They have helped me a lot. I now have techniques to combat unrealistic and negative thoughts and will be giving this a good go."

- Mark, Hertfordshire, UK

"I bought the book for my coaching practice a week or so ago. It is very well laid out and I find the sections and instructions clear. I am planning to use the ideas in the book to work with clients on their self esteem."

- Susan, West Midlands, UK

 

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