Do you love yourself? - graphic of a woman hugging herself
Identity & Self

Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

Em of From Famine to Feast wrote recently about why self-love is a good call, whereas my friends at WeDIDit wrote about feeling relief that self-love wasn't required to move forward. Around the same time, Andy of Eden in Babylon was talking about the clusterfuck entailed in the word love and the many different things… Continue reading Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Self-Esteem

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the extent to which we perceive the various elements of our self-concept positively. It incorporates our physical self-image, how we feel about the things we've accomplished, how successful we consider ourselves to be… Continue reading What Is… Self-Esteem

Self-improvement: Shouldn't you be good enough just as you are?
Identity & Self

Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

I've thought about this before, but the idea for this post came from a quote Suzette Benjamin shared on her blog: We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement… All the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are.Pema Chödrön I'm all in on this… Continue reading Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

Self-esteem building blocks - cartoon of alphabet blocks
Identity & Self

My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Recently I was commenting on a post about self-esteem by Caz of Mental Health 360º and decided it was worth expanding on in a post of my own. I've always had pretty good self-esteem, and this is what I've identified as the basic building blocks that support it. Inherent worth of humanity This is probably… Continue reading My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Am I a bad person? Or maybe that's the wrong question
Identity & Self

Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

How do you feel about your own company? Is it a good or a bad place?
Identity & Self

How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

I find it fascinating the range of comfort levels people have with being alone. It's pretty much guaranteed that we will all need to spend at least some time in our own company, yet there are many, many ways in which people experience this. While I know that for some people alone time is quite… Continue reading How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

The problem with perfect is that it doesn't exist
Identity & Self

The Problem with Perfect

Being perfect is an ideal that some people may strive for or feel that they are required to attain, but how realistic is the notion of perfection? One of the biggest problems with perfect is that a lot of things in this world are subjective.  When it comes to things that are subjective, everyone has… Continue reading The Problem with Perfect

Mental Health @ Home book review: The Year of the Introvert
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because I'm also an introvert and am very much pro-introvert. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments." The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation (amen to… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung

MH@H book review: The Gifts of Imperfection
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection is the third book that I've read by Brené Brown. I was not disappointed. This book offers a set of guideposts toward Wholehearted living, which involves "engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness." The guideposts include cultivating self-compassion, cultivating a resilient spirit, cultivating calm and stillness, and finding meaningful… Continue reading Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

MH@H book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's someone who struggles with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong emotional reactions.  The book focuses on emotional sensitivity; this is… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster