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Self-esteem is a reflection of a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth. Self-esteem includes beliefs (for example, “I am competent or incompetent”) and emotions, like, victory or loss, pride or shame. Behavior may reflect one’s self-esteem, as in assertiveness or shyness, confidence or caution.
While psychologists usually consider self-esteem an enduring personality characteristic or trait, normal, short-term variations as a state of self-esteem do occur. Self-esteem can apply to a particular dimension (for example, “I believe I am a good speaker, and I feel particularly proud of that”) or have global extent (for example, “I believe I am a good person, and generally feel proud of myself”).
Synonyms or near-synonyms of self-esteem include: self-worth, self-regard, self-respect, self-love, and self-integrity. Self-esteem is not the same as self-confidence and self-efficacy, as they involve beliefs about ability and future performance.
Our lives are busy and full of stressors. Find out how to control and adapt them by managing your stress. We deal with so many challenges every day that it becomes necessary to face them head on, but in a way that doesn’t kill us or ruin our relationships.
Spirituality is about matters of the spirit, a concept closely connected to religious belief and faith, a transcendent reality, or one or more deities. Spiritual matters are regard humankind’s ultimate nature and meaning, not only as animals, but as beings with a special relationship to that which is perceived to be beyond the senses, time and the tangible world. Spirituality implies the mind-body dichotomy, which indicates a separation between the body and soul. Spirituality may also relate to the development of the individual’s inner life through specific practices.
The spiritual is traditionally contrasted with the material, the temporal and the earthly. A perceived sense of connection forms a central defining characteristic of spirituality — connection to a metaphysical reality greater than oneself, which may include an emotional experience of religious awe and reverence, or such states as nirvana. Spirituality is the personal, subjective dimension of religion, particularly that which pertains to liberation or salvation. It is related to mysticism.
We go through so many events every day. Some are good, some bad, some memorable, while some can be forgotten the next day. Writers see these events of our lives as a treasure trove of material that could be very valuable. If you just had an argument with your sister, write it down. If you just twisted your ankle, sit down and pen a few lines describing how it feels. Journal writing helps us better understand the events that occur in our lives, improving our writing ability and creating a huge archive of events we could use in later writings.
Writing a journal is very easy. It takes no special writing ability nor any degree; all it takes is a writing utensil and a notepad. Writing can be done before bed or after you wake to recap the previous day. Journal writing helps to keep the writer busy with writing. It prevents writer’s block and boredom.
Journal writing can preserve memory. As you constantly remind yourself of what occurred in a day, you increase your attention to life’s details and events. The more you flex your mind like so and the more you pay attention to the events that occur, the easier it is to remember them.
Journal writing lets us manage our life’s issues with a more observant and less frantic perception. By writing in our journals, we let ourselves let go of the issues that occur in our lives and instead place them in the notebook, ready to be dealt with when we are more capable or more understanding.
There are many books on eating disorders, from anorexia and bulimia to compulsive overeating. They can teach you to eat right for your “type,” love your body as part of loving yourself, stop craving, bingeing, and emotional eating and replace them with intuitive eating and mindful eating so you can live a life without eating disorders.
Books can help you rediscover a healthy and joyous relationship with food. Other books are geared toward women to begin eating in the light of the moon, transforming their relationship with food through myths, metaphors, and storytelling.
Many of us strive to be creative. There are books on getting things done, being productive without stress, and getting anyone to do anything. Books can help you find your passion or become an artist once you stop worrying and start living.
Some books address using the other side of our brains to enhance creativity and our confidence in ourselves as artists. Some books address breaking through our creativity blocks and winning our inner creative battles. Other self-help books encourage us to use our subconscious minds and creative habits for life.
What is abuse?
It is when people degrade, mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their individual worth.
Why do people abuse each other?
Abusers usually want to control their victims. Their abusive behaviors are meant to manipulate their victims into submitting or complying with their will.
How do abusers abuse?
There are a variety of ways abusers control their victims. They can verbally abuse them by calling them names, telling them they are stupid, worthless or will amount to nothing on their own. They may become physically aggressive, inflicting bruises, pain, broken bones and other physical wounds, both visible and hidden. Abusers may rape or sexually assault their victims. Or they may neglect victims who depend on them, abandoning any responsibilities they may have for those victims, causing damage through lack of action rather than through a harmful, manipulative action itself.
How common is abuse?
It is a shockingly commonplace event today, coming in many different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, in all sorts of contexts. It happens in the home as domestic violence, spousal rape, or incest. It happens at work as sexual harassment, and it takes place in institutions as elder abuse and bullying. Hate crimes occur in religious and community settings. It creates victims of all ages from children through the elderly. Abuse is a serious societal and cultural problem affecting everyone: many of us are either a victim of abuse, a perpetrator, a friend of an abused person seeking ways to help, or just someone angered by injustice and wants to work for positive change.