Imposter Syndrome and self-esteem

By guest blogger Eleanor Holmes What is Imposter Syndrome? Imposter Syndrome (IS) is the experience of lacking confidence in your own abilities and feeling like a fraud. This is coupled with the internalised fear that others will realise you’re not as skilled or competent as they thought. Although IS is not a mental disorder listedContinue reading “Imposter Syndrome and self-esteem”

Perfectionism and low self-esteem

How does perfectionism and low self-esteem work together? Perfectionism is observed when a person sets themselves very high standards, which are often difficult to meet. When the standards are inevitably not met, this can lead to feelings of failure. In turn, this can result in low self-esteem and feeling anxious and depressed.  Alternatively, the veryContinue reading “Perfectionism and low self-esteem”

What is low self-esteem and how can we manage it?

Self esteem is how we view our worth. If we have low self-esteem, we believe we are not worthy. Read on to learn how low self-esteem develops and sticks around, and how we can manage it using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Where does low self-esteem come from? Low self-esteem can come from a number ofContinue reading “What is low self-esteem and how can we manage it?”

The steps to good self-esteem

Self esteem is all about our evaluation of our own worth. If we think we’re worthy, we have higher self esteem. Whereas, if we think we’re not worthy, we tend to have lower self-esteem.  Maslow’s hierarchy of needs Maslow’s hierarchy (see image below) is a way of showing the steps needed to be able toContinue reading “The steps to good self-esteem”

What is rumination and why is it unhelpful?

We all think about the past from time-to-time. It can aid us as we reflect on past situations, learn from them and grow. For many, rumination only occurs over a short period of time, and ceases once a conclusion is met. In this way, it is closely linked with problem-solving, as any associated discomforts resolveContinue reading “What is rumination and why is it unhelpful?”

How do I become more assertive?

What is assertiveness? Being assertive is a skill that allows you to stand up for yourself or other’s right. It means that you listen and talk (rather than dominate or take a back seat), but you still get your point across fairly. If you’re not assertive, what are you instead? You might be passive, aggressiveContinue reading “How do I become more assertive?”