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ERIC Number: ED373298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 7
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Building Self-Esteem.
Gover, Jill
Self-esteem lies at the core of psychological health. This paper presents several strategies individuals might use for stopping negative self-criticism, overcoming self-rejection, and developing greater acceptance and compassion for themselves and others. The first step involves identifying any negative self-talk and then writing these thoughts down so as to examine them more easily. The critical voice may be disarmed by trying to understand its purpose. Typically, the critic voice tries to motivate through guilt. A healthier strategy for individuals would entail defining their values and then making decisions on what they want rather than what they think they should want. They may neutralize negative thoughts by realizing how much these thoughts then cost us and by affirming their strengths. The critical voice may also be weakened by establishing realistic goals and then outlining small steps to reach those goals. The point is to stretch a little and then enjoy the achievement. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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