I look back fondly to a time when my religious beliefs were the bedrock core of my identity, the driving passion behind my ambitions, and the framework I used for understanding every experience and idea.
I was actually the exact opposite until recently. Continue reading
Before I came online and found this question, I was fully engulfed in feelings of resentment as I sat surrounded by my family in a room.
No one else has your exact perspective.
This question brought to mind 2 types of instances for me—1 negative, and 1 positive. Continue reading
1. Make progress in your art form. Look in places where your evolving perspective meets your natural talents, and you’ll find values that want toto exist somewhere real in the world.
I think sex addiction is a great example of how addiction becomes a bad relationship with something normally good, helpful, or fun. Continue reading
I’ve been described as shy and awkward for as long as I can remember. But something happened last year that pushed me over the edge to where I just couldn’t live that way anymore. Continue reading
When I was 10, I remember sitting one day at the end of a very long bench. Everyone else from my class was at the other end. It was a perfect picture of how I felt at the time: ostracized, unlikable, and basically no good. Continue reading
A friend and I were walking back to my house once after school.
Some kids started harassing my friend, laughing at him, and just trying to get a rise. Continue reading
I used to have this pen pal who lived far away. We’d send each other encouraging emails from time to time, and just enjoyed exchanging thoughts on life.
Then we agreed to talk by phone one Christmas night. Continue reading
Authentic consistency (or consistent authenticity). Continue reading
Change your perspective on your own potential and on the people in your life. Continue reading
You get used to running all your own systems well.
You learn to fully take care of yourself, living completely on your own time.
A period of isolation can lead to valuable self-discovery; unaffected, you get a clear sense of exactly what you want to do, be, have… Continue reading
Sometimes things people say will run over and over through my mind. It usually takes the form of an imagined conversation with someone I think might have something against me. Continue reading
Emotional intelligence is really two things: one internal, and one relational.
First, emotional intelligence involves learning to really feel all of your emotions for exactly what they are; then the “intelligence” part comes from having the maturity/perspective to decide what you should do based on your emotions instead of just reacting to them. Continue reading
The short answer: See yourself thriving or improving.
Much of how you’ll beat your low self-esteem depends on its cause. To keep things simple here, I’ll just look at two major causes—two areas where people tend not to feel like they’re good enough: Continue reading