Monday, June 19, 2006

Top Ten facts about low self esteem

Top Ten Facts about Low Self Esteem
by Mark TyrrellLate in 2001, thinking about 'low self esteem' changed worldwide. The Rowntree Report (The costs and causes of low self esteem) paved the way for more effective, research-based identification and treatment of low self esteem.If you suffer from low self esteem (or have been told you do), or treat people with low self esteem (or think you do), please read on.Mark Tyrrell, co-author of the

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, completed a UK tours in 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 teaching thousands of health professionals the facts about self esteem and how to treat low self esteem in their patients. He has also co-authored a book on self esteem for Axis Publishing called The Giant Within - Maximise Your Self Esteem.As you can imagine, Mark did a lot of research for his seminar 'How to Lift Low Self Esteem'. He has listed his 10 most important 'Tips' for you here.1) Low Self Esteem Not To Blame!We now know that all the ills of society cannot be blamed on low-self esteem (Prof Nicholas Emler - The Rowntree Report 2001). According to the latest research, low self esteem is not to blame for nearly as many problems as has traditionally been thought.2) High Self Esteem Linked to CriminalityIt is now clear that too

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or 'High Self Esteem Disorder' is often more of a problem. (This is NOT merely a 'disguised' form of low self-esteem, as commonly thought). So, if you are the victim of a bully then you can rest assured you don't have to feel sorry for them. Hundreds of pieces of reliable research now show that bullies and many criminals are much more likely to suffer from unrealistically high self esteem and impulse control problems than low self esteem. An exaggerated sense of entitlement - expecting much from many situations - is more likely to lead to frustration and aggressive, antisocial, or even criminal behaviour.3) A Little More Uncertainty Can HelpContrary to popular opinion, people with low self-esteem are always very sure of themselves. This manifests in their conviction that they are worthless or inadequate. As you will know if you have ever tried to argue with someone who puts themselves down continually, it is very hard to do! When someone with low self esteem becomes less sure of their own opinion of themselves and therefore begins to assess counter evidence regarding their worthlessness, their self image begins to become more healthy.4) You Can't Argue Someone Better!Telling some one they are great or wonderful when they are constantly negative about themselves will not work. Arguing with someone who is so sure of themselves does not work, as we all know. You will just break rapport with that person. We have all met people who feel more comfortable in relationships with people who treat them badly - because that person seems to see things they way they do.People with low self esteem can be upset by 'disconfirming feedback.' In other words if something happens which indicates that they may not be as terrible as they thought, it can feel disturbing as it contradicts their way of perceiving. Healthy self esteem needs to emerge subtly, not as a sudden result of hearing you are 'really special' or 'fantastic'.People need proof that unsettles the certainty that they are so 'defective' or inadequate and leads to a more realistic and balanced self-assessment. This can only happen when they become calmer and more relaxed so that they can observe themselves more objectively and less emotionally. When ever we are highly emotional our perception is distorted ('emotional hijacking') when people calm down around the idea of themselves then a healthier self-esteem can emerge!5) Child Abuse Increases Likelihood of Low Self EsteemPeople who were abused as children (physical beating or sexual abuse) are more likely to suffer unrealistic low self esteem as adults. This is because of constant repetition of a 'message' that they are of little value or just an object to be used. In a way they have been 'brain washed' by constant criticism or abuse that they are a certain way.When a person begins to question this former conditioning or brainwashing then a healthier and more accurate sense of self can begin to emerge. However the person may have to be de-traumatised so the emotional brain responds differently in future (rather than solely learning to think differently about stuff). However the way we think and our assumptions need to be observed, understood and if necessary challenged. (explanatory styles)(Note: Most people who have low self esteem were not abused as children.)6) Healthy Pleasures Are VitalWe need to engage in activities which we enjoy and in which we can 'lose ourselves' regularly. The better one's sense of themselves the less they tend to use words like 'me, myself, I, mine' (personal pronouns) Someone's mental and even, to some extent, physical health can be directly related to how 'self-referential' they are in their conversation - as people become healthier they use the 'I' word less, in the same way that when your knee stops hurting you don't need to rub it any more. People should be encouraged to focus their attention away from themselves as well as to be able to take their own needs into account. A healthy balance should be encouraged as should the development of real practical skills. Real responsibility should be encouraged so that self-worth can respond to external evidence on an ongoing basis.7) Make the Most of SuccessLow self esteem requires a particular attitude towards success. Whenever you succeed at something, you must 'write it off' as good luck, chance, or someone else's responsibility.To gain a more realistic view of yourself, you need to take appropriate credit for your successes. In the

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, we call this skill 'Converting'.This involves learning how to convert real successes into statements about yourself. The other part of the picture is to view perceived failures as temporary and not statements about your 'core identity'.8) Build on Solid FoundationsFor anyone to be psychologically and physicaly healthy on an ongoing basis, there are a set of requirements that must be built into life. This is the checklist I use with my patients:
The need to give and receive attention
Taking care of the mind-body connection
The need for meaning, purpose and goals
The need for a connection to something greater than ourselves
The need for creativity and stimulation
The need for intimacy and connection
The need for a sense of control
The need for status
Of course, it is likely that at any one time, one or more of these may be slightly lacking in your life, without dire consequences. However, in the long-term, they must all be catered for one way or another.9) Characteristics of Genuinely Low Self Esteem
Social withdrawal
Anxiety and emotional turmoil
Lack of social skills and self confidence. Depression and/or bouts of sadness
Less social conformity
Eating disorders
Inability to accept compliments
An Inability to see yourself 'squarely' - to be fair to yourself
Accentuating the negative
Exaggerated concern over what they imagine other people think
Self neglect
Treating yourself badly but NOT other people
Worrying whether you have treated others badly
Reluctance to take on challenges
Reluctance to trust your own opinion
Expect little out of life for yourself 10) It's not just about Positive Thinking!Positive thinking can be useful in that it challenges you to form a different view on things. However, most of the time it just takes the form of arguing with yourself, and as we've seen from 4) above, this doesn't work.To change your self image and improve low self esteem, you need to believe in an alternative opinion of yourself, not just repeat platitudes about how great you are really!Article by Mark Tyrrell, co-author of the

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Guided meditation for relief from anxiety

If you are someone who knows me , then you will know that I am very much a fan of meditation. Because meditation is what changed my life .

I still remember the first time I had tried meditation. Actually it was the silva meditation method which I had used to start with the meditation.This was long long back.I used to have migraine headaches and was tensed about my career and lots of other things. The everyday things like loud noises and people used to annoy me.
I just got attracted to the small book I saw in a book store and got hooked to it.
I tried out its alpha level technique , where through meditation technique I went to a deep level of mind. The first time I did it was when i was about to go to sleep.

In the book, it was written that best time to practice was just before going to sleep. I went on to do it, without expecting anything. Then i started doing the technique as i had read it. and slowly and slowly i was going deeper and deeper into my mind getting more and more relaxed, till I was unable to feel my body anymore.
When i opened my eyes , it was morning. I had slept like a log. I was so fresh that i cant explain to you. Actually I dont know if it was the freshness or maybe it was because it was the first time that i had so soundly that made me become a fan. But this was the best thing that happened to me.

After this , i was so much drawn into meditation that i started reading a lot of books on the subject. And slowly and slowly before i know I was drawn into spirituality. I was no more the same person. I dont know if the cause of this was reading that book or maybe some hidden force which made me read that book and made me successful with it the first time. I dont know how. but i really am not the same person anymore.

You could just check out a free guided meditation of the silva method , i assure you it will be of great help.

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