Increase Your Self-Esteem in 10 days. Day 3: Accepting your weaknesses

I am offering you the chance to change. Follow a series of posts and increase your self-worth and esteem. Low self-esteem is like a weight around your neck and stops you moving forward but it is not your story. It is the result of believing false stories and having a “I am bad” mental filter. Join me for the next 10 days and I would be happy to give you input on your answers. Send them to me using the contact form at the end of this post for free no-obligation advice. Details of my online therapy packages can be found on Good luck on your journey to the new you! Dr Nicholas Jenner

Accepting your weaknesses . The inner critic will never stop reminding you of how bad your weaknesses are. Once these thoughts become embedded, a process called confirmatory bias takes over and concentrates on producing evidence to support your thoughts. We often do not change this picture due to fear of changing the way we see the world and fear of possible changes. Facing reality, however positive that might be is scary. We hold onto our weaknesses, supported by the inner critic because this is the person we have always known… someone wrong, bad or unworthy. Now we are going to reinterpret some of the weaknesses you identify and hang onto. Write realistic weakness in the following area.

Personal appearance

Relating to Others

How others see you

How you do your job/school

Your performance of daily tasks ( money management, food preparation, personal hygiene, protecting your health, self-care)

Mental functioning ( facing issues, relaxation, lessons learned)

When this is done, reframe each weaknesses using the following method.

Rewrite the term using non-pejorative language (e:g instead of “fat thighs or big nose” say “heavier than ideal thighs” or “rounded nose”. Rewrite the sentence using accurate language. This means using exact measurements and clear, true descriptions… not global labels.Rewrite the sentence acknowledging an exception; ( someone complimented you on the feature or skill)Rewrite the term acknowledging a balancing strength. Bring in a skill or part of your body that you feel better about and write a balancing sentence

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Dr. Nicholas Jenner

Dr. Nicholas Jenner is a counseling psychotherapist in online private practice working with individuals, couples and groups, dealing with codependency issues, severe depression, bipolar, personality disorders, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and other mental health issues. He has been practicing online for many years and recognized early that online therapy was a convenient method for people to meet their therapist. Working outside the box, he goes that extra mile to make sure clients have access to help between sessions, something that is greatly appreciated. He also gives part of his spare time up to mentor psychology students in a university setting.

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