self-image issues

[one_half]If you Google “self-image issues” you’ll notice most of the results refer to body image issues. Because we’re obsessively attuned to physical appearance, we’ve left general self-image issues on the back burner.

Self-image issues are not all about physical appearance. Self-image is about how you see yourself in every aspect of your life: who are you at work/school? who are you when you’re with your family and friends? who are you when you’re in a romantic relationship? who are you as a spiritual being? who you are when no one is looking? etc.

Youth with self-image issues usually have a common belief that weaves throughout their life roles. Whether it’s a feeling of insecurity or fear or inadequacy, it tends to follow them from place to place. Whatever this feeling is, it makes most activities feel like a drag.

How do self-image issues start?
There are 2 big reasons that lead to a negative self-image:

  • Always feeling criticized (feeling like you can’t ever get it right)
  • Feeling rejected by family and friends
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If you’ve been criticized or rejected you’ve probably asked “why’s this happening to me?” Chances are the best answer you came up with was “it’s because of me. If I was different this wouldn’t be happening.” If you’ve gone down this road you’ve also said to yourself “I need to change who I am to be accepted, to be good enough, to feel better about myself, etc.”

The truth is you don’t need to change anything about yourself other than your perspective of who you are. Self-image issues doesn’t mean something is wrong with you, it means something is wrong with how you see yourself.
[/one_half_last] [quote]”Even though I have finished the program I’m still using and following the different methods and strategies taught by Ivana, and have found them to be a great success.” ~Michael, 18[/quote]

I’m doing research on…

What is young adult coaching?
Fostering positive self-esteem
Tips to boost organization
What I can do as a parent to reduce my teen’s struggle with self-image