Self Esteem

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The encore presentation for the career readiness group.

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  • 1.Self - Esteem
    Self-esteem is more than merely recognizing ones positive qualities. It is an attitude of acceptance and non-judgement towards self and others.
    - Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning

2. What is Self-Esteem?
As a group at your table or in pairs define self-esteem.
What is it?
What increases self-esteem?
What decreases self-esteem?
3. Defining Self-Esteem
Nathaniel Branden, PhD, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is:
the ability or willingness to experience oneself as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and of being worthy of happiness.
confidence in the efficacy of our mind, in our ability to think.
confidence in our ability to learn, make appropriate choices and decisions, and respond effectively to change.
the belief that success, achievement, fulfillmenthappinessare right and natural for us.
grounded in reality and built over time
4. What Self-Esteem is NOT
Self-esteem is not the euphoria that may be temporarily induced by a drug, a compliment, love affair, or happy event.
It is not an illusion or hallucination.
If it is not grounded in reality, if it is not built over time through experience and careful thought, it is not self-esteem.
5. Exercise
Visualizing strong self-esteem
6. Reflection
On a piece of paper, reflect on your visualization:
Why do you want self-esteem?
What will strong self-esteem give you?
What will you be able to do?
How grounded in reality is your vision?
7. Misconceptions
Self-esteem does not come from others, peers or outside ourselves
Alcohol and drugs to not increase self-esteem
Self-esteem is best nurtured by selfless (!) service to the community.
Stop struggling to achieve self-esteem. Turn your problems over to God. Realize that you are a child of Godand that is all you need to have self-esteem.
the measure of our personal worth is our external achievements
Inflated egotism, delusions and unrealistic perceptions are not self-esteem.
8. Some Definitions

  • Self-esteem

Self-acceptance
Self-confidence
Self-respect
9. Self-esteem

  • The belief that success, achievement, fulfillmenthappinessare right and natural for us.

Related to Unconditional High Regard of ourselves and others.
10. Self-acceptance
The knowledge that no one is perfect and the acceptance of ourselves with our strengths and weaknesses.
ANDour MISTAKES!
Self-forgiveness plays a role in this
11. Self-confidence
The belief and knowledge that we can learn or complete a task.
Our willingness and ability to risk and try new things
Built overtime through a history of success and on going learning.
12. Self-respect
Self-respect the relationship between our actions, values, and actual behaviour.
Built from our integrity.
13. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem
six practices essential for the nurturing and sustaining of healthy self-esteem:
the practice of living consciously,
the practice of living of self-acceptance,
the practice of living of self-responsibility,
the practice of living of self-assertiveness,
the practice of living of purposefulness,
and the practice of integrity.
14. Living Consciously
respect for facts;
being present to what we are doing while are doing it;
seeking and being eagerly open to any information, knowledge, or feedback that bears on our interests, values, goals, and projects;
seeking to understand not only the world external to self but also our inner world, so that we do not out of self-blindness.
15. Self-Acceptance
the willingness to own, experience, and take responsibility for our thoughts, feelings, and actions, without evasion, denial, or disowningand also without self-repudiation;
giving oneself permission to think ones thoughts, experience ones emotions, and look at ones actions without necessarily liking, endorsing, or condoning them;
the virtue of realism applied to the self.
16. Self-Responsibility
realizing that we are the author of our choices and actions;
that each one us is responsible for life and well-being and for the attainment of our goals; that if we need the cooperation of other people to achieve our goals, we must offer values in exchange;
and that question is not Whos to blame? but always What needs to be done? (What do I need to do?)
17. Self-Assertiveness
being authentic in our dealings with others;
treating our values and persons with decent respect in social contexts;
refusing to fake the reality of who we are or what we esteem in order to avoid disapproval;
the willingness to stand up for ourselves and our ideas in appropriate ways in appropriate contexts.
18. Living Purposefully
identifying our short-term and long-term goals or purposes and the actions needed to attain them (formulating an action-plan);
organizing behavior in the service of those goals;
monitoring action to be sure we stay on track;
and paying attention to outcome so as to recognize if and when we need to go back to the drawing-board.
19. Personal Integrity
our behaviour and actions are reflections of our values and beliefswe live what we believe;
telling the truth, honoring our commitments, exemplifying in action the values we profess to admire.
20. Increasing Self-Esteem
Different for everyoneobserve yourself!
re-writing outdated core beliefs
giving our best to a task
facing a difficult truth with courage
taking responsibility for our actions
speaking up when we know that that is what the situation warrants,
refuse to betray our convictions,
persevere even when persevering is not easy
21. What Lowers Self-esteem
Negative core beliefs
Shame over past actions
Living opposite to our values
Staying silent or participating in something we know is wrong
22. Core Beliefs
Messages we received from authority figures when we were young (teachers, parents, religious leaders, friends, siblings, bosses, other adults).
Statements:I AM_________________
23. Finding Core Beliefs
Start with the statement, I am...
Write out as many beliefs about yourself as you can (positive and negative)
Be honest about what you believe deep down about yourself
(feel free to write in your first language)
24. Re-Writing Core Beliefs
Where did this message come from?Was it something you were told or developed from experience?
Look at your life and skills today?Is that belief still true for you today as an adult?
Which statements can you say are false right away?Re-write them in a statement that correctly describes your skills.
How are you going to grow to be this corrected statement?
25. The Really Tough Core Beliefs
What would it take to change this belief?
How could you prove to yourself it is not true?
What can you do to increase your self-respect and acceptance?
26. Mistakes and Shame
Most of us have made mistakes and done things we are ashamed of.
When we continue to hold onto our mistakes and shame and punish ourselves, it lowers ours self-esteem.
27. Exercise
Fold a piece of paper in half, long ways.
On the left, make a list of the mistakes or actions you are ashamed of that are currently lowering your self-esteem.
(feel free to write in your first language).
28. Steps Towards Healing Self-Esteem
Review the 6 Pillarshow well are you living them?
Which one is your weakest?
What action can you commit to for 32 days that would improve this pillar?
At the end of 32 days, pick another pillar and work on that one.
29. Make Amends
What mistakes or actions have you done that you are not proud of?
How could you correct this mistake or make amends?
How can you find peace with this past action?
What will you commit to doing differently?
30. Get the Lesson
What did you learn from your mistake or action?
What did it teach you about your values?
What gifts have come from this mistake?
How has it shaped who you are?
What do you do differently now?
31. Exercise Part 2
On the right side of your page, write the lessons or gifts you gained from your experiences.
32. Self-Forgiveness
Look at your list of mistakes
If your best friend, child, spouse or someone you loved made this mistake under the same circumstances, do you feel she or he should be punished for ever?
Have you paid for your mistake long enough?
Have you changed or do you still do this action?
Would you forgive your friend?
If yes, then it is time to forgive yourself.
If no, what would it take to be able to forgive yourself?
Commit to that action.
33. What are YOU Keeping?
Tear your sheet in half so the mistakes and the lessons are on separate sheets
You have a choice:
1. Keep the mistakes/shameand throw away the lesson
2. Keep the lesson and let go of the mistake