Understanding And Fixing Low Self-Esteem

By M-Power

Let’s take on the understanding of low self-esteem first. One of my college professors was a leading researcher in this field. Dr. Richard Bednar and his colleagues did a landmark study back in the 80’s that was published by the American Psychological Association that shook up what we knew about self-esteem. We used to think that it was based on achievement or having people treat us in a way that built us up. That’s not what they found. These researchers found that self-esteem is based primarily on one factor, seeing yourself taking on hard things. Think about that for a minute. It’s not even whether you succeed in taking on those hard things. It’s simply seeing yourself take on hard things. Conversely, low self-esteem was correlated with seeing yourself running away from hard things, or an avoidant pattern. That takes a toll on self-esteem. There are a lot of paradoxes…

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