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Breaking the cycle of low self-esteem


Possibly useful as a resource for trainers and HR practitioners one of mental health charity MIND‘s latest publications tackles the issue of low self-esteem.

Low self-esteem can leave you feeling low, depressed and hopeless about life. On the other hand good self-esteem can make us feel like the world is a good place full of friends, pleasure and opportunities.

These two states are opposite ends of a scale. Most people live their life somewhere in between, usually nearer to the positive end. But for some people low self-esteem will plague their lives trapping them in a vicious cycle of negativity.

Mind has produced a new booklet How to increase your self-esteem to help anyone who wants to help themselves or others to deal with the feelings and experiences that undermine them. It explains how to recognise low self-esteem and what you can do to improve it.

Self-esteem is established fairly early on in life. Childhood experiences can shape the person we are, and certain things like violence, loss or neglect can undermine an individual’s self esteem for many years later in life.

Healing the past can be a long and difficult process but there are a number of ways in adult life that childhood hurt can be addressed through things like expressive arts, assertiveness training, support groups, counselling or help from friends or keeping a journal to express memories and emotions.

There are also many self-help techniques that can be highly effective in changing your self-perception. How to increase your self-esteem suggests several ways in which self-esteem can be built up.

The booklet also contains contact details for a number of useful organisations and ideas for further reading on the subject.

How to increase your self-esteem is available from
Mind Publications,
15 – 19 Broadway,
E15 4BQ,

priced £1 plus a 44p A4 SAE.

Email [email protected]

or Tel: 020 8221 9666.

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