Book cover: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Book Reviews

Book Review: Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion.  It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience.  The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion

Self-Esteem Building Blocks – graphic of ABCD blocks
Psychosocial

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 is that just my mental illness talking? Graphic of cartoon head with flames for hair
Mental Health

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?

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Mental Health

The Self-Esteem Treehouse

Kapa65 on Pixabay Self-esteem is not a static concept, nor is it all-or-nothing, although it may sometimes feel like it.  To use perhaps not the greatest analogy, it's like a treehouse that you build. Sometimes external events can knock out rungs to the ladder up to the treehouse, or sometimes they cause more significant structural… Continue reading The Self-Esteem Treehouse

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Mental Health

How Do I Compare Thee… Comparison & Mental Health

Katzenfee50 on Pixabay “Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.” -  Regina Brett The internet makes it very difficult not to compare ourselves to other people.  There they are, in their Instagram-perfect photos and their seemingly amazing lives.  Perhaps the "nice" thing to do would be to… Continue reading How Do I Compare Thee… Comparison & Mental Health

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What Is… Codependency

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is codependency. We hear about codependency often, particularly in relation to addiction.  What does it actually mean, though?  GoodTherapy's website says: "Codependency involves sacrificing one’s personal needs to try to meet the needs of others. Someone who is… Continue reading What Is… Codependency

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Self-Esteem

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is self-esteem. Wikipedia defines self-esteem as "reflects an individual's overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth".  It reflects a person's beliefs about the self and emotional states.  Self-esteem is predictive of outcomes such as academic… Continue reading What Is… Self-Esteem