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Self-image is the idea, conception, or mental image one has of oneself. Self image is how you perceive yourself. It is a number of self-impressions that have built up over time. These self-images can be very positive, giving a person confidence in their thoughts and actions, or negative, making a person doubtful of their capabilities and ideas. We could say that self-image is the personal view, the mental picture, that we have of ourselves. It is an internal dictionary that describes the characteristics of the self, including intelligent, beautiful, ugly, talented, selfish, kind … These characteristics form a collective representation of our assets and liabilities as we see them.
Self-image is not permanently fixed. Part of our self-image is dynamic and changing. We can learn to develop a better view of ourselves, thus challenging the distorsions in the mirror. Self-image change is a process occurring over a lifetime. Here are a few things that you can do right away to improve your self-image. Do something nice for yourself sometimes (either in thought or in action).
Try to avoid thinking in extreme terms (I always make that mistake or I’ll never get that job). Sometimes, putting a stop to negative thinking is as easy as that. The next time you start your negative internal dialogue about yourself, tell yourself to stop it! I you saw a person yelling insults at another person, you would probably tell them to stop. Why would you accept this behavior from yourself? Be kind to yourself. You deserve it. Focus on your strengths and assets. Accept being human. Maybe you get ervous and blow that presentation at work. So what? Talk to your teacher what went wrong, try to address the error in the future, and move on. All people make mistakes. Your teachers, co-workers, friends, family, pstman, congressman, and favourite movie star have all made mstakes. You’re not different. Make doing your best your ideal. What more cad you reallistically do ? « Should have, could have, would have … »Try not constantly second guess yourself, criticize yourself for what you should have done better, or expect too much from yourself. Don’t put standards on yourself that you wouldn’t expect from others. It’s great to want to do well, but expecting yourself to be perfect is not realistic, and then punishing yourself when you fail is a vicious circle. Compliment yourself and those around you for what you achived. You are not to blame every time something goes wrong or someone has a problem. Apologizing and accept the blame can be a good thing if you are in the wrong, and if you learn and move on. But you shouldn’t feel responsible for all problems or assume you are to blame every time someone is upset. Let others be responsible for themselves and their feeelings, and do feel responsible for yours. Just as you can make other people happy, don’t expect others make you feel happy or good about yourself.