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 STRUGGLING WITH A BASIC NEED: SELF ESTEEM

Iím struggling to find the road to emotional maturity and make peace with myself.  I seek a sense of my own intrinsic value, self respect, confidence in my ability to handle life and being able to enjoy it in relaxed fashion.  I want to leave behind whatís inside me too often now: feeling unworthy, that I canít cope, that Iím a failure; being too concerned about what others think of me; anxiety, fear, and self doubt. When Iím really down, on myself and others, it seems like a battle rages inside. (Note: Some lose the battle, descending into a hell of bitterness / self hatred. Others compensate for unworthiness by excessively self sacrificing / doing things for others -- often full of sorrow for themselves.  A few find the strength to change and grow.)

Alternate Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

suffers from low self esteem

suffers frequently from anxiety

suffers from emotional scars left by past traumatic event

has overcome past difficulties ==> self actualization 

summary Wikipedia article: Self Esteem

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2323

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 216

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 41 entries            Songs!               Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #41: Struggling  With A Basic  Need: Self  Esteem

Clinical Depression (from online encyclopedia)
Emotional Intelligence (from online encyclopedia)
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs  (from online encyclopedia)
Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions (from online encyclopedia)
Self Concept (from online encyclopedia)
Psychotherapy (from online encyclopedia)
Psychological resilience (from online encyclopedia)
Defense Mechanisms (from online encyclopedia)
Self Defeating Personality Disorder (from online encyclopedia)
Superiority Complex (defense mechanism stems from feelings of inferiority, from online encyclopedia)
An Online Guide to Improving Self Esteem
The Costs and Causes of Low Self Esteem
Emotional Maturity (list of characteristics of a person who has achieved true adulthood)
Self Esteem (from Performance Unlimited website)
Psychology Today Magazine (magazine which claims it is "here to help")
Vision--Changing the Self in Self Esteem
Happiness, Depression, and Self Concept
Sand Play Therapy (from the Sandplay Therapists of America website)
National Association for Self Esteem
Self Esteem Information (from Self Growth website)
Building Self Esteem--A Self Help Guide (online booklet from The National Mental Health Information Center)
Building Self Esteem (from More Self Esteem website)
Raising Self Esteem (from Best Self Esteem website)
Proud2BMe.org (Dutch--American mental health website promoting body confidence) 
Out of Isolation (review of  book The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing, in The Economist Mar 19 2016)

"PTSD: Fear Itself" (report on new advances in understanding / treating PTSD from The Economist October 24 2015)

"The Weaker Sex: Men AdriftóNo Jobs, No Family, No Prospects" (cover story from The Economist May 30 2015)
Self Help That Works: Resources to Improve Emotional Health by John C. Norcross, etal (more on this 2013 book from Oxford Univ. Press)
Exercise and Self Esteem in Teens (Oct 2012 report by Wency Leung on results of scientific study)
"Pain of Ostracism Can Be Deep, Long-lasting"  (June 2011 report based on Purdue University research)
"Media and Body Image" by Joel Miller (w/ "20 tips to help you feel better about your body", links to other resources)
"How the Cult of Self Esteem is Ruining Our Children" by Lori Gottlieb The Atlantic July 2011
The Self Esteem Trap by Polly Young Eisendrath (read excerpts of this 2008 book at Google Books)
"Emotional Maturity in Light of Positive Psychotherapy Practice" by Ivan Kirillov
"What is Normal?" by Peter D. Kramer (article in Nov 2009 Psychology Today)
"When Sadness is a Good Thing" by John Cloud (August 27, 2007 Time article)
Self  Esteem by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning (Amazon provides more about this best-selling 2000 book)
Life Strategies--Doing What Works, Doing What Matters by Phil McGraw (read excerpts of 2000 book at Google Books)
Essays: Self Esteem 
My Declaration of Self Esteem, by Virginia Satir (inspiring poem)
Lack of Self Confidence (a Buddhist perspective)
The Problem With Self Esteem (a Catholic Educator's View)
Near Death Experiences and Hell (psychological research)
"Are Heaven and Hell Only a State of Mind?" (forum offering various responses to this question)
Low Self Esteem (a Hindu perspective)
Self Actualization (from Performance Unlimited website)
quotes about self respect

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