Self-Esteem

4 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Last month, a video of Jim Carrey giving an inspiring commencement address went viral, gaining more than 7 million views on YouTube. The comedian poignantly captured what holds most of us back from achieving our goals, stating: You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all there will ever… Read more »

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Raising Windhorse: How to Harness Personal Power

America: the land of opportunity? In these hard luck times, it is in each of our best interests to get the most from ourselves, both personally and professionally, in order to turn those opportunities into realized dreams. To this end, everyone hopes to harness all the power they know they have somewhere inside them; the… Read more »

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The Benefits of Generosity

The Dalai Lama famously said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The same is certainly true for generosity! Generosity — the quality of being kind and understanding, the willingness to give others things that have value — is often defined as an act of… Read more »

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Is There a Cure for Narcissism?

Are today’s youth really a more narcissistic generation? It’s a question parents, educators, researchers and media seem to be strongly affirming. And let’s face it, the barrage of status updates and “selfie” streams probably aren’t helping.  Recent studies have shown that students today “score higher on assertiveness, self-liking, narcissistic traits and high expectations.” However, they also score higher on… Read more »

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Staying Healthy for Our Most Vivacious Self

If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. That’s what a physical trainer I met at a friend’s 40th birthday party told me several years ago. Frankly, it scared me. Not being an exerciser by nature, I pictured myself before too long stooped and wrinkled beyond recognition, like Mr. Magoo’s mother. Staying healthy, strong, toned,… Read more »

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The Societal Obsession with Selfies (and What’s Wrong With It)

We all have that friend(s) who we follow on social media sites who constantly posts selfies. If you know what I’m talking about, you may find yourself scrolling over those pictures absent-mindedly. These photos usually consist of up-close angles of a person’s face, which may come across as awkward. There tend to be various poses… Read more »

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The Importance of Self-Worth

The dictionary defines self-worth as “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.” However, there are many ways for a person to value themselves and assess their worth as a human being, and some of these are more psychologically beneficial than others. In this article, we discuss the value of true self-worth,… Read more »

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Daily Self Portrait: Fashion is More than What You Wear

“A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel I wake up each morning and put on some clothes. There are days I’m sort of “on,” and match things up in a less-than-disastrous way. Pale orange J. Crew T-shirt under an apricot shaded Banana Republic cropped sweater, paired with gray and white… Read more »

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The Problem with Overpraising Children

Research has shown that there are positive effects of praising children, but it depends on what kind of praise we’re dishing out. A recent Stanford study of toddlers showed that “praising effort, not talent, leads to greater motivation and more positive attitudes toward challenges” down the road. These findings are consistent with previous research, which has connected… Read more »

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Striving for Greatness: Be the Star of Your Own Show

Lady Gaga’s large persona is everywhere you look. TMZ is staked out with cameras on every corner. Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood are so mainstream that by now they are passé. Celebrity culture is a redundant term these days, because celebrity has become culture in the United States. The terms are synonymous. Lindsay, Paris, Britney,… Read more »

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