The self-esteem movement is dying an excruciating slow death. The benefits of self-esteem have been repeatedly discredited by many studies…however, people just can’t seem to get it however, a new trend in psychology is starting to hit the “main stream”. A trend that is leaning towards self-compassion, and self-acceptance.
From an article on PsychCentral: A newly emerging set of research studies have demonstrated that having self-compassion has many benefits. These include reducing self-criticism, lowering stress hormones, increasing our capacity to comfort ourselves, increasing our resiliency in the face of life’s challenges, and helping us heal from difficult childhoods.
A person high in self-compassion sees his or her problems, weaknesses, and shortcomings accurately, yet reacts with kindness and compassion rather than with harsh judgment.
I definitely see this as a shift in the right direction…I teach people how to have more self-compassion and self-acceptance in my course The Loop of Confidence and my book Develop and Flex Your Confidence Muscles. Self-compassion is a key component to developing self-confidence and being confident. Self-compassion starts with having and increasing one’s own self-awareness and accepting who you are.
Self-compassion is taken to the next level; to developing self-confidence when a person is acknowledging not only who they are but also who they have the potential to be. To become the person we are meant to be, there is no way around it…you’ll have to confront your comfort zones, and overcome your fears.
It’s time to really start making the shift away from self-esteem which we know is more destructive than good into focusing on helping our kids, friends and family increase their self-awareness, self-compassion and developing true impeccable self-confidence.
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