self-image activities

Self-image activities are a great way to start improving your life. They’re a fun way to figure out how your self-image is doing, where you could use some help, and they can even give you direction on how to start changing your problem areas.

The only catch to self-image actvities is that your mood can affect your answers. So before you start, adjust your mood until you recreate your typical mood–the way you usually think and feel.

Self-image Activity

The words listed below are common adjectives people use to describe themselves.

1. Grab a piece of paper and a pen.

2. When you’re ready, read through the list below and chose the adjectives you think best describe you. Go with your gut reaction. Don’t debate with yourself. The rule for this exercise is: “Either you are….or you are not…” If you come across a word you feel only applies sometimes, include it.

3. In a single column, write down only the words that apply to you.

generous… agreeable… people-pleaser… mature… insensitive… organized… unfocused… entertaining… meticulous…intelligent…boring… strong-minded… guarded… reliable… unorganized… resourceful… violent… trust-worthy… naive… adaptable… stubborn… friendly… withdrawn… determined… foolish… brave… pathetic… lacking… sincere… ugly… obedient… shrewd… bossy… adventurous… peaceful… flawed… not good enough… confident… push-over… unbiased… irresponsible… flirtatious… procrastinator… conformer… indecisive…skillful… fast-learner… rude… clingy… respectful… arrogant… upbeat… temperamental… pessimistic… detailed… condescending… funny… jealous… aware… faithful… dishonest… compassionate… judgmental… ambitious… anxious… gentle… lazy… harmonious…

4. If there are any adjectives you normally or frequently use to describe yourself but are not on the above list, include them in your list.

5. Sort the words into a negative pile and into a positive pile.

6. Once that’s done, notice if there’s a lot more negatives or a lot more positives? This is the first clue to how you see yourself.

7. Now slowly read down the positive list and then down the negative list (doesn’t matter which list you go through first) and picture how each word applies to you.

8. Which pile gives you a stronger emotional reaction? Do the positives outweigh the negatives or do the negative adjectives make the positive ones appear invisible? This is the second clue to how you see yourself. The words that have a stronger effect on you, are the ones that control your self-image.

The purpose of the exercise?

The words you picked out give you an idea of where you have self-image issues. Now you can take steps to fix your self-image by challenging your false-beliefs.

[quote]”The sessions have passed by fast but even though it was short it helped my life get better.” ~Vanessa, 27[/quote]

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