Do you love yourself? - graphic of a woman hugging herself
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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 relief that self-love wasn't required to move forward. Around the same time, Andy of Eden in Babylon was talking the clusterfuck entailed in the word love and the many different things we use… Continue reading Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

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

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?
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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 quote.… Continue reading Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

Life lessons: how I learned it's okay to mess up - image of person sprouting from an acorn
Identity, Self, & Relationships

Life Lessons: How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

perso It's fairly common, at least in the mental health blogging world, for people to self-criticize, especially if they they think they've made a mistake or failed to do something. I don't tend to do that, and recently had a bit of an aha moment about how it came to be that I believe that… Continue reading Life Lessons: How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

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

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 has 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 more… Continue reading My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

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

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?

Embracing imperfection: Maybe it's best to embrace the quirks
Identity, Self, & Relationships

Embracing Imperfection

None of us is perfect.  That's probably a good thing, because perfect would be boring and quirky can be far more interesting.  And maybe sometimes, rather than trying to put our best foot forward, it's worth diving into a quirky soup of messing up... and that metaphor ran out of steam in my head before… Continue reading Embracing Imperfection

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

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
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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

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
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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