Category: Self-Esteem

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Rediscovering Childhood Through Your Adult Eyes

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 30, 2019

When you were growing up, you may have been told over and over, in a variety of ways, that you weren’t good enough, smart enough fast enough, thin enough, or just plain not enough of anything to please your parents.  In order to numb this crushing sense of failure and...

5 Areas You Can Work On Today To Put Your Life Back Together From Addiction

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 25, 2019

How can you put your life back together after addiction? Healing happens when you reintegrate healthy connections with yourself and others. Once you admit you’re broken, you must agree to look at reconnecting the pieces of your life that addiction has torn apart. Your relationships may be strained, estranged, or...

The Connection Point: How You View Yourself

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 7, 2018

How you feel about yourself affects all of your other relationships.  Some of you may not be used to the idea that you have a distinct relationship with yourself, but you do.  You have a personality and a will; you have a perspective on life that is lived out in...

Non Sequitur – An Irrational Assumption?

By: Hannah Smith  •  July 27, 2018

“Things are going so well…I’m really nervous. Something bad is bound to happen now!” Have you ever heard or thought something like this before? “The other shoe is going to drop” sentiment is a common pothole on the road to recovery. Sadly, this type of thinking prevents many people from...

Is There More to Love Than What You've Experienced?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 31, 2018

One of the core traits of a dependent personality is difficulty accepting challenging or disturbing truths about self or others out of a need to maintain the status quo.

How Do You Identify True Friends?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 13, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that the only way to have a friend is to be one. The depth of your character is best gauged by the depth of your friendships.

Emotional Abuse: The Effects on Sense of Self

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 30, 2017

Any kind of abuse, emotional abuse included, is an attack on a person's sense of self. It demeans and controls that person through words or actions, devaluing that person and ultimately elevating the abuser.

What Causes a Negative Image of Yourself?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 7, 2017

Perhaps you have forgotten who you really are. Maybe you've never known. What causes a negative image of yourself? Your life story holds some valuable clues to solving the mystery.

Healing Emotional Abuse Through Self-Commitment

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 28, 2016

The effects of emotional abuse on your sense of self are significant. Yet often these effects are not linked to the emotional abuse you have suffered. Because this connection has not been made, you may find yourself suffering from one or several of these effects without really understanding why. Here...

Family Relationships: The Foundation for Job Interactions

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 23, 2016

Your working relationships can be affected if the personalities of your boss or co-workers closely approximate someone in your past who emotionally abused you. Your boss could be just like your dad. A supervisor could treat you just like your mother did. A co-worker could remind you of the way...

How Does Fear Create Relationship Dependency?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 7, 2015

When people fear themselves, they will sometimes turn to activities to try to outrun the fear. They may use alcohol, drugs, shopping, eating, gambling, or the internet to keep from being alone with themselves.Other people may turn to family, friends or co-workers to crowd out their fear of being alone....

The Problem of Overeating

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 22, 2015

The human mind is a wondrous creation, an amazing tool with the power to inspire us to victory or to overwhelm us with defeat. Targeted below are some of the reasons we use for overeating, as well as ways we can turn the tool of the mind to a more...

Eating Disorders: Losing Your Sense of Self

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 9, 2015

Few things are as frightening as losing control, feeling powerless against overwhelming forces. When overcome by events, we can feel swept up on relentless waves of circumstance that hurl us toward terrifying heights and bone-jarring lows. Each event is made worse if we have tried to stop it and been...

The Importance of Knowing Your Friends

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 26, 2015

In today’s social media–saturated world, no analysis of relationships would be complete without proper attention to the criteria you set for your friends—online and off. If you are engaged in online relationships that you consider to be a prominent source of support and companionship, be sure determine the strength of the relationships based on these factors.

Overlooked Emotional Abuse

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 8, 2015

As a professional counselor treating eating disorders for over twenty-five years, I am very concerned about the often over-looked issue of emotional abuse. For many years I have noticed that the focus of abuse, even the concept of abuse, has centered around the physical beatings, outward neglect, and sexual invasion...

Guilt, Fear, Shame, and Eating Disorders

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 20, 2015

Three toxic yet common accompaniments to eating disorders are fear, guilt and shame. These emotions are often a response to a pain or trauma in a person’s life and deeply intertwined with that person’s disordered eating patterns. Let’s dig into these three emotions a little deeper. Fear If you grew...

What Does Healthy Self-Esteem Look Like?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 23, 2015

“Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” -Jack Canfield Self-esteem is more than just how we feel about ourselves. Self-esteem directly impacts how we show up in our relationships, our jobs, and our day-to-day lives. It is important, however, to differentiate between healthy self-esteem...

How To Distinguish Between Necessity and Excessity

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 28, 2011

Excessity is the impulse that demands immediate satisfaction - the blindness that occurs when comfort is more important than consequences.

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