My Disability Is Not My Fault

When you blame yourself for everything, you stop seeing the details.

Is Friendship Just a Feeling?

I'm currently the most friendless I've ever been. Why might that be?

These Are Strange Days in Which to Be an Ex-Bulimarexic

Eating disorders, unlike most other disorders, have an endgame, a vision of victory. Will traces of that yearning haunt us every time we butter toast or watch you slicing pie?

Here's When Holidays Hurt

Spending holidays with those whom biology or society says we should love but whom we don't love feels unholy.

How Does No Longer Hating Myself Feel?

Self-loathing is treacherous. Take your escape from it one tiny step at a time.

When You're Triggered by Mother's Day

If you've been toxically parented, you'll find yourself conflicted at times like this. You're not alone, and your reluctance to buy flowers is not your fault.

The Trauma of Emotionally Toxic Parenting

Verbally abusive parents can cause lifelong trauma.

Depression Is a Thief

Depression steals our interest in those things that used to thrill us, but — at first, at least — we don't know we've been robbed. Victims of burglaries and stickups know, but we don't. When and how will we demand our stuff back?

Disaster Shapes Chile's "National Psychology"

Living in a land beset by frequent natural disasters creates a sense of solidarity.

Why Changing My Name Was & Wasn't the Worst Thing I Ever Did

I changed my name, regretted it for decades, then did something about it.

Self-Help Tips for Empaths: A Cartoon

A few simple tips for empaths seeking to safely navigate this crowded world.

Where Is Your True Home?

Does living in a place that doesn't feel like home trigger trauma and anxiety? How can we find our authentic "homes away from home"?

Suicidal Friends & Relatives: a Cartoon Story

A cartoon story about suicidal friends and relatives.

Coachella, King Kong,Tom Hardy's Bare Private Parts & PTSD

He's photographed Brad Pitt, Naomi Watts and other superstars, but his early work as a war-zone photojournalist left Greg Williams with PTSD.

Stay Here Where Life Can't Kill You

Revisiting a place beloved in childhood then nearly forgotten, I start to believe that I left some unseen part of myself there that has been awaiting my return.

Why Am I Reading About Angelina Jolie's Alleged Anorexia?

Technology allows us instantaneous access to countless topics and activities. Yet in this "mirror, mirror on the wall" era, we use it instead to focus ever more intensely on ourselves.

Cruisology 101

Cruises aren't for everyone—casinos, buffets, limitless cocktails, and constant social contact are dealbreakers for some—but making passengers feel special and safe has built a booming, $37 billion industry. A week onboard restored this introvert's faith in traveling.

Selena Gomez's Ostensible Self Esteem Tattoo

Having an affirmation inked upon your back in a foreign language raises many questions, such as: Why put it in a place you can see only in mirrors and photographs? For whom is this message really meant?

Today's News: Swimsuit-Clad Women Underperform in Math Tests

Why are news stories based on scientific studies so trendy? Because reading them makes us imagine ourselves on speaking terms with the brilliant scholars who developed this data. This raises our self-esteem.

What's Behind Beyoncé's #WhatIsPretty Project?

We who have low self-esteem find it hard to talk about low self-esteem because low self-esteem makes us want first and foremost to shut ourselves up.

Rihanna Sought Counseling for Low Self-Esteem

It's hard to believe that a multimillionaire superstar with many homes and over 35 million Twitter followers would seek self-esteem counseling, as was reported this week. Then again, it's not hard to believe that a domestic-violence survivor, which Rihanna also is, would seek such counseling.

Mothers, Don't Let Your Children See You Hating Yourself

Low self-esteem is a life-sucker. But think of it as a form of brainwashing, a bad habit that can be unlearned.

Can Places Possess Healing Powers?

Certain locations allegedly possess inherent healing powers. Are such powers authentic or a mere matter of projection? And if such places make us feel better anyway, who cares?

Self-Esteem Stories Are Oh So Obvious

Discussing self-esteem authentically requires delving under the obvious assumptions.

The Lost Last Parent

We're never quite ready to have no parents at all.

Do These Brownies Make Me Look More Compassionate?

More and more food and drink companies actively support charities. By buying these brands, we buy membership into the greater good -- and feel better about ourselves.

Who Hates Themselves? It's Not Always Who You'd Think

It's all too easy to assume we know who does and doesn't—and "should" and "shouldn't"—have low self-esteem.

Katy Perry Disables Her Google Alerts

Is fame a golden key that frees us from self-loathing? That belief—and not just material riches—is the real reason so many people want to become famous.

Low Self-Esteem Is the New "The Dog Ate My Homework"

Is attributing past misdeeds to low self-esteem too easy of an excuse? Some of us with low self-esteem are actually quite law-abiding and considerate.

Hate Yourself? Give Thanks

On Thanksgiving, we who have low self-esteem can find gratitude challenging, because we believe that whatever good things we have, we don't deserve—that we acquired them by mistake or accident or theft.