Self-Esteem Essential Reads

How Helping Others Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.
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Why Are Most of Us So Good at Deceiving Ourselves?

By Barb Cohen on October 08, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Columbus, cognitive dissonance and autism shed light on our coping strategies.

Social Media Addicts Need to Feed Their Egos

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Social media addiction is tied to narcissism and low self-esteem in a new study.

Establishing Love With an Imperfect Partner

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in In the Name of Love
The prevailing ideal of a perfect love is a major obstacle for establishing enduring, profound love.

But This Job Isn’t Me!

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in The Next Step
What's a hidden reason that underemployment can be as bad for mental health as being completely unemployed?

What Narcissists Won’t Tell You About their Past

Although no one’s memory is perfect, memory in people high in narcissism is particularly flawed, especially when it comes to their flaws. New research shows why they're so biased.
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Understanding Myths About Mistakes

Have you ever beaten yourself up for a mistake? There's a better strategy.
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The True Self

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
What does it mean to believe that there is a "true self" inside of everyone?

What the World Needs More: Social Interest

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on September 04, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
The Most Human Way of Being and Early Recollections

Are You an Unhappy Achiever?

By Lance Dodes M.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Heart of Addiction
Who could possibly be unhappy about achieving? The problem is that, for some people, achievement leaves them feeling empty to the core.

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust II: Psychological Defenses

The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Are Narcissists Able to Tell the Truth About Themselves?

Because people high in narcissism seem so focused on their impressions, you'd think they lie in psychological testing. New research shows when narcissists are most likely to lie.

On the Modern Self

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on August 19, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Writer Will Storr discusses his new book: Selfie.
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The Truth About Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Have you ever wondered, “Isn’t everybody a bit narcissistic?” Learn the difference between healthy self-esteem and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

4 Ways That a Rough Childhood Can Damage Adult Relationships

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on August 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
There are many ways childhood emotional trauma continues to affect you even after you've grown up.

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

Perfectly Wrong: Why Perfection Can Destroy Your Motivation

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Motivate!
Perfection is elusive and fleeting, yet a coveted desire for many. There comes a time when striving for excellence results in obsession and anxiety leading to damaging behaviors.
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Writing as Self Development

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Life After 50
How does writing promote the self development?

The Danger of Secrecy: What Happens to Unanswered Questions?

By Dr. Jennifer Bliss, LCSW, PsyD on July 14, 2017 in Navigating the Adoption Journey
A child raised in an environment of secrecy receives the unspoken message that the subject of adoption is taboo, and they will continue to have unanswered questions multiply.

How Do You Measure Your Self-Worth?

Basing your self-worth on the wrong things is like building your house on an unsteady foundation. Pay attention to how you measure your value.

Do You Have to Be Self-Centered to Be Self-Actualized?

By Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life
What would you do to reach your highest potential? A new series of studies raises doubts about the classical view of self-actualization.

How to Reclaim Your Self-Respect After a Bad Breakup

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Living Forward
The one thing worse than ending a relationship with someone you love, it is hating yourself on top of it. Learn how to regain your self-respect and confidence.

The 5 Defense Mechanisms That Can Sabotage Your Relationship

Defense mechanisms are a common way to manage anxiety, but they can get in the way of your close relationships. New research shows how to make your defense mechanisms work for you.
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Motivating Others? Embrace This Hack to Ignite Performance!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Motivate!
Regardless of whether you are running a household, a small business, or a huge company, this Motivation Hack will make the difference between leadership success and failure!

Cultural Identity Theft

Is it harmful to take something from someone else's culture and use it? Psychological science suggests that harm may occur.

How to Start Healing After Personal Trauma

Do you feel too fragmented after a traumatic event? A few lifestyle adjustments can help you feel whole again.

When Distraction Is a Good Thing

By Nir Eyal on June 08, 2017 in Automatic You
Distractions are often seen as a bad thing, but that's not always the case. Here's how you can use distractions to your advantage.
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The Truth About Abusers, Abuse, and What to Do

Abusers seek control because they're insecure, despite any outer success. Learn to spot them and what to do.
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7 Signs That Someone's Lying to You

By Diana Raab PhD on June 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Did you ever suspect someone was lying to you, but you didn't have evidence? This article discusses why people lie and offers a checklist in identifying a liar.

The Best Way to Handle a Narcissist Is to Use Some Extra TLC

When you think of people high in narcissism, low self-esteem hardly comes to mind as part of the picture. New research shows that handling them involves some extra TLC.